Brian Bocock, 24, appeared in 34 games with the Giants in 2008, hitting .143/.258/.156 in 93 plate appearances, starting 26 games at short. He split last season between San Jose (A) and Connecticut (AA).Via Rotoworld: “Bocock, who was claimed off waivers from the Giants earlier this month, is quickly becoming the Hot Stove's hot potato. The 24-year-old shortstop hit .143 in 77 at-bats with the Giants in 2008 and hasn't made much progress at the plate since, batting just .230/.302/.316 with three home runs and 51 RBI between two levels in San Francisco's minor league system last season. He doesn't offer much besides a nice glove.”
Bocock, who opened the 2008 season as the Giants' starting shortstop despite never appearing above Single-A, first became available to the Jays when the Giants needed to clear roster space for signing Juan Uribe in November.
Beerleaguer: I dug up this quote from the Giants blog, McCovey Chronicles: "Bocock will always stand out to me as a symbol of GM Brian Sabean’s disregard for minor league statistics. It’s not that Sabean ever thought that Bocock was going to be anything other than a light-hitting defensive shortstop; it’s that Sabean thought Bocock could fake it long enough to buy time until Omar Vizquel returned from an injury. Bocock was a shortstop who was just six months removed from hitting .220 in A-ball and was just over a year removed from playing for Stetson University. But he passed over whatever AA or AAA shortstop should have been in place in the event of an emergency. Why? Not entirely sure."
Bocock and his .614-career OPS would look good only on Reading's bench so as not to impede on anyone's development time. His stat line, high strikeout totals, age, defensive position and the fact that he once earned a Major League cup of coffee reminds me an awful lot of Brad Harman. I would be shocked if he receives an invite to spring training. (Update: He was added to the 40-man roster, so he'll be there). It's a strange signing, too. All I can think is that one of their organizational infielders got hurt in winter ball.
Notes: The Yankees have acquired Beerleaguer favorite Greg Golson, who was designated for assignment by the Rangers last week. Chooch passed his physical, so three-years, $8.85 million is official.