July 11, 2012; Reading, PA USA; Richmond pitcher Brett Bochy (39) throws during the AA Eastern League All-Star game at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Eastern Division defeated the Western Division, 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Cow Tipping with Erin: San Francisco Giants’ prospect Brett Bochy

Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.

I was excited to see Right Handed Pitcher Brett Bochy debut at the Major League level of Spring Training in 2013. However, he really didn’t have the Major League abilities and I’m sure he was feeling the pressure because he is, after all, the son of Bruce Bochy. But it was really amazing to be a part of that excitement.

I decided this week’s “Cow Tipping” is going to be about Bochy because we don’t hear much about him. Not even in passing or in relation to the San Francisco Giants’ Skipper.

Born in San Diego, CA, Brett Bochy was drafted by the Giants in the 20th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.  He was drafted out of the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS. Two months prior to being drafted, he had undergone Tommy John surgery.  We normally don’t hear about kids at college level having Tommy John surgery, but this was after a small tear was found in his elbow.

Things happen. Bochy recovered and began playing with the Augusta Green Jackets in 2011, alongside Giants’ prospect Adam Duvall and Giants’ Pinch Hitter Ehire Adrianza.  In 2012 he went to Richmond to play with the Flying Squirrels, and eventually ended up in Fresno with the Grizzlies in 2013.

In 4 seasons of his career, Bochy has a 2.88 ERA with 11 wins and 7 losses. He has played in 144 games, pitched 187.2 innings, with 216 strikeouts, and 26 saves. Not too shabby for the kid who had Tommy John surgery at 22 years old.

Even though his Major League Spring Training debut wasn’t all firecrackers and sparklers, I’m really excited to see this kid’s debut in the Big Leagues eventually. I don’t get the impression he is trying to ride the coat tails of his dad. In fact, I think he just hopes to be able to thank his dad for teaching him the love of the game of baseball.

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