Phils Sign Bocock to Minor League Deal

The Phils signed 24 year old SS Brian Bocock, out of the Giants organization to a minor league deal today.  Bocock spent last season primarily with Class A Advanced San Jose and hit .241/.303/.339 in 430 AB’s with 3 HR and 48 RBI.   He was originally a 9th round pick of the Giants in the 2006 draft and saw some time in the majors in 2008 with the injury depleted Giants.  He hit .143 in his 77major league at bats.  Bocock provides depth at best for the Phils affiliates as they have lost Miguel Cairo, Jason Donald, JJ Furmaniak and Brad Harmon, among others from the ranks of the middle infield.

32 thoughts on “Phils Sign Bocock to Minor League Deal

  1. Bocock was a defensive wizard in the minors, then somehow made the big league roster out of A-ball in 2008 following Spring Training (Giants had injury issues). He was overmatched, as might have been expected. His development cycle has truly been bizarre, and a bit of stability might just reclaim his prospect status. He’s still pretty young. A good risk/reward signing, though odds are he never plays in CBP for the Phils.

  2. Is it me or is everyone looking at basically each of these minor league players they are signing and thinking to themselves “well, he stinks too.” Seriously, I can’t figure out what they’re doing aside from just adding bodies. Where’s the potential upside?

  3. by the way, speaking of stinking . . . can someone explain to me why we would sign Ross Gload to be our pinch hitter and back-up first baseman when Jim Thome would have been available for similar money and, I am sure would have loved to have been reunited with his mentor (Manuel) and our fans? This makes no sense to me.

  4. “Similar money” in this case is twice as much after the incentive clauses. Thome on the Phillies would have been a pure pinch hitter. You can’t DH him but for nine games a year, you can’t platoon him, and he can barely play the field anymore. Minnesota offers him more playing time. Is there any way that the Phillies really offer Thome an attractive destination?

  5. As for Bocock, the fact is that you need warm bodies on those minor league clubs. You’re not going to get much star potential from your minor league signees, but this does make the R-Phils more competitive and it allows Freddy Galvis to play in a league more suited to his caliber of ability at this time.

  6. I suppose if Thome really can’t play first anymore (is it really that bad?) it might make sense. But I thought between, DH’ing, pinch hitting and making spot starts for the team at first he could get about 200-300 ABs. Most importantly, he would be an attractive DH option for the WS. These days, I think mostly about the post-season and how moves might improve our ability to win a WS. The guy hit 23 homers last year – he’s probably got another productive year or two left in him.

  7. If the Phillies really want Thome, it probably makes more sense to go and get them at the trade deadline in a Fabio Castro/Matt Stairs type deal. That way you don’t have him on the roster all year, but can use him as the big bat off of the bench in the playoffs.

  8. The transaction was Brian Bocock claimed off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays. The Phillies website lists Bocock on the Phillies 40 man roster.

  9. When the Dodgers wanted to trade for Thome last year, Thome personally called the Dodgers GM and told him “You do know I can’t play 1B anymore, right?” Which tells you all you need to know about what a standup guy Jimmy Thome is. It also tells you about his ability to play a position at this point. Thome would rot on our bench and get maybe 120 ABs. Though with Kubel in Minnesota and Mauer DHing once a week to rest his body, I doubt Thome gets more than a couple hundred there either.

  10. As for Bocock, the fact is that you need warm bodies on those minor league clubs.

    This!

    I also agree on the Galvis comment. This move removes the possibiltiy of Galvis being destroyed in an advanced league. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Freddy start off the year in Clearwater now. Which is good for his development. I hope they also stop his switch hitting experiment as its clearly hurting him offensively.

  11. “I hope they also stop his switch hitting experiment as its clearly hurting him offensively.”

    Can you elaborate? He had a big platoon split this season, but over the course of his career his Left and Right OPS’s are within six points of each other.

  12. Galvis was asked to try and become a switch hitter by the Phillies…I believe he’s naturally a RHB. Wolever & Co mentioned it a couple times last year as to why they’re not as concerned with some of his struggles at the plate as he’s working on something that was unnatural/new to him and something they asked him specifically to try.

  13. When considering the development of young pitchers–particularly getting them to trust their stuff in having batters put the ball in the play–there’s something to be said for having minor-league infielders who can catch said ball.

  14. They’re not looking very hard for good warm bodies, however. The players they are bringing in are just dreadful. My view is that, with AAA players, you want to try to sign as many people who either: (a) could legtimately do the major league job if necessary (think Mike Cervanek, Andy Tracy or Miguel Cairo, etc. . . .); or (b) have a real upside – they may crash, but they could be a big surprise. I don’t see any of those signings lately and it leaves me scratching my head.

  15. And it’s not just an academic question. There is ridiculously little depth in the middle infield – if either Utley or Rollins sustained an injury, they would have to promote someone to the majors as Juan Castro would become the everyday player. Miguel Cairo was a good option. Do we really want Bocock to be the guy who is called up? Come on, that’s ridiculous.

  16. Well, having Polly mitigates it a bit with Utley. Polly could always move over to 2B and have Dobbs become a full-time starter.

    If it were a major injury, they’d make a trade regardless as they’d have to. Even if he were brought up for his glove (think Harmon in early 2008 when Rollins was hurt), he’d likely never get an AB.

  17. We have Cody Ransom. CHONE has Ransom at a 230/315/416 line and he can play good defense at all three spots. Bocock is hardly the next choice, I doubt he even sees Lehigh Valley right away. Honestly though, what team would not be seriously hurt by losing a key starter from their infield?

    Having seen my share of AAA baseball the last five years. Quite a few players are of neither borderline MLB caliber or potential stars. I mean, pick over your average IL roster and see how much potential is there. Not much. But the guys can play a little, fill roles, are fun to watch at times and really make the game worthwhile. And I’d rather watch Tommy Watkins ply his trade than watch the Yankees try and pry a career out of Eric Duncan.

  18. As marfis pointed out, Bocock was actually claimed off waivers. He still has one option left and he’s relatively young so it does provide the team w/ some flexibility. I bet he starts the season in Clearwater.

  19. catch,

    Gload hit .318 as pinch hitter last year, Thome .160. Gload can play RF while Thome didn’t field the position at all last year.

  20. Nobody is saying that we won’t suffer if our stars go down. Of course we will. I am just saying that the second line of defense is particularly weak, even under the standards by which we judge back-ups.

  21. A NL roster can’t afford to carry a Thome DH/PH. Yes, the team’s high minor league depth is weak due to all the trades but I enjoyed being in the world series two years in a row and we wouldn’t have made it without the Blanton and Lee trades. Polanco at least provides some flexibility in the event of a minor injury to Utley with Dobbs playing. A bad injury would require a trade for a replacement. It would be impossible to adequately replace the best 2B or SS in team history mid-season.

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  23. Cheese this guy was been overmatched at every level. You could find a better player in the Delco league. Sounds like the friend of a friend who plays golf with somebody nephew.
    Maybe the team can withstand one injury but two doubtful.

    p.s. I wonder if Charlie learned anything from overplaying Raul or is he going to do it again.

  24. I like “pressure” players such as those who perform well in the “clutch” of playoff baseball or hit well with men on base. Bocock came up big with the bat and glove in the Cali playoff finals and hit .271 during the regular Cali season with runners in scoring position. Even in the picture his upper body build looks like that of a prospect. Good move by Amaro Jr. He still only has 38 on the 40 man so he must still be looking for more.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20090919&content_id=7042422&vkey=news_milb&fext=.jsp

  25. If Bocock is such a great “clutch” hitter, why doesn’t he hit like that the rest of the season? Either that .271 was a fluke (and let’s be honest, that’s not a superlative average), or he is being willfully negligent about his career. And would you want players like THAT on your team? That’s why the notion of clutch ability is so maligned. Too often, it’s just wishcasting a player into something he’s not.

  26. Rickey Branch
    You must know something we don’t about Bocock. Above A ball he seems lost and doesn’t even get on base. Clearwater is the best for him.

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