Brock Bond

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Brock Bond
Brock Bond.jpg
Brock Bond with the Connecticut Defenders in 2009
Free agent
Second baseman
Born: (1985-09-11) September 11, 1985 (age 29)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: BothThrows: Right
 
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Brock Bond
Brock Bond.jpg
Brock Bond with the Connecticut Defenders in 2009
Free agent
Second baseman
Born: (1985-09-11) September 11, 1985 (age 29)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: BothThrows: Right

Brock Lee Bond (born September 11, 1985) is an American professional baseball player. A second baseman, Bond plays in minor league baseball. Before playing professionally, Bond played college baseball at the University of Arkansas and the University of Missouri.

Bond attended Lindbergh High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Playing quarterback for the school's American football team, Bond was named his conference's offensive player of the year during his senior year.[1] Bond then attended the University of Arkansas, where he played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team. [2] Bond transferred to the University of Missouri, where he played for the Missouri Tigers baseball team. [3]

Professional career[edit]

The San Francisco Giants drafted Bond in the 24th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Some claim the selection was a mistake, as the Giants meant to select Casey Bond. The Giants then selected Casey Bond in the 25th round.[4][5][6] Bond signed with the Giants and began his professional career with the Arizona League Giants. He was then promoted to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in which he hit .342. [7]

Bond began the 2008 season with the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A South Atlantic League in which he hit .333. On the suggestion of Steve Decker, manager of the San Jose Giants of the Class A-Advanced California League, the Giants promoted Bond to San Jose in which he hit .297.[8] He was promoted to Connecticut Defenders of the Class AA Eastern League in 2009. Bond was named to the mid season and post season all star teams and led the league with a .333 batting average and a .429 on-base percentage.[5] He was then promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) for the 2010 season, and was named to the PCL all-star game in Lehigh Valley. He led off the game.[5]

Bond missed the majority of the 2011 season after suffering a concussion.[9] He played for Fresno in 2012, where he had a .332 batting average and .422 on-base percentage.[6] The Giants invited Bond to spring training in 2013, giving him an opportunity to compete for a roster spot in the majors for the Giants. He hit .435 with 2 home runs.[4] The Giants sent him to their minor league complex in mid-March.[10] At the end of spring training, Bond won the Harry S. Jordan Award, given to the player in his first spring training whose spirit best exemplifies the Giants.[11] He suffered an oblique injury at the end of spring training and was assigned to San Jose to rehab. He ended up playing in 92 games for San Jose.[12][13]

As Bond had been a member of the Giants' organization in minor league baseball for seven seasons, he became a free agent at the end of the 2013 season.[12] The Baltimore Orioles signed Bond to a minor league contract for the 2014 season.[13] The Winnipeg Goldeyes signed Bond. [14]

Personal[edit]

Bond's father is a carpenter; he worked on Busch Memorial Stadium.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Football All-Conference Teams". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 2, 2003. p. D5. Retrieved March 8, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ "Bond Signs Letter of Intent". 
  3. ^ "Mizzou Bio". 
  4. ^ a b c "Brock Bond is trying to make the Giants as a non-roster invitee | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Jackson, Chris (August 16, 2010). "Pacific Coast League notebook | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Milb.com. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "The unmistakably incredible tale of Brock Bond". CSN Bay Area. February 28, 2013. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Horowitz, Gary (August 18, 2007). "Bond... Brock Bond". Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon). p. B.1. Retrieved November 8, 2013.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ Perez, Joe (September 8, 2009). "Eastern League Playoffs: Defenders' rise directly tied to Bond's". Norwich, Connecticut: Norwichbulletin.com. Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  9. ^ Pavlovic, Alex (March 6, 2013). "Giants' Brock Bond comes back from concussion". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Haft, Chris (March 15, 2013). "Top prospects sent down as Giants cut 21 players". MLB.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Brock Bond voted 2013 Harry S. Jordan Award winner". MLB.com (Press release). March 26, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Ritzo, Joe (November 5, 2013). "Minor League Free Agents". MLBlogs. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Encina, Eduardo A. (January 14, 2014). "Orioles sign Jose Vizcaino and Brock Bond to minor league deals". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Goldeyes sign Bond". 

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