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Giants call up manager Bruce Bochy’s son, Triple-A pitcher Brett Bochy

Sep 2, 2014, 10:47 AM EST

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Among the Giants’ call-ups for September 1 roster expansion is 27-year-old right-hander Brett Bochy, who in addition to being a Triple-A reliever also happens to be manager Bruce Bochy’s son.

Brett Bochy was a 20th-round draft pick in 2010 out of the University of Kansas and has never been considered a prospect. And based on his performance–both this season and in past seasons–it’s hard not to conclude that his getting a chance to play in the big leagues isn’t at least somewhat due to nepotism.

He’s not totally without potential, but this season Brett Bochy had a 3.83 ERA at Triple-A while allowing 80 baserunners in 54 innings and overall in two seasons at Triple-A he has a 3.92 ERA with rates of 8.5 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine innings. Not terrible but also not great, and for a 27-year-old Triple-A reliever not the type of performance that usually leads to the majors.

Fantastic moment for Brett Bochy, Bruce Bochy, and their family. Perhaps not such a fantastic moment for the other good but not great pitchers in the upper levels of the Giants’ minor league system.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Bochy you did not see that coming.

  2. oregoncoastdailynews - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    What could POSSIBLY go wrong?

    • SocraticGadfly - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:18 PM

      His head could swell as big as his daddy’s?

  3. raidordie - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Would it make you happier if they called up a teenage African American girl from the urban city?

    • historiophiliac - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Get real. If it was Bochy’s daughter, no way she gets a call up — no matter how good she is.

    • moogro - Sep 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

      urban city

  4. pbastille - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I don’t have a problem with this. Bochy turned a perennial also-ran into a 2-time world champion. He’s earned a perk or two, and if bringing his son to major leagues once the rosters expand to throw an inning or two in a mop-up role is something he wants to do, fine with me. Anyone else they would bring up is likely comparable in talent anyway.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 2, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      For what it’s worth…I agree with Bastille’s overall sentiment.
      The Cardinals sort of did the same thing with Chris Duncan and it worked out fairly well.
      But Chris could swing the stick a little so that certainly helped his cause.
      This in mind…I keep going back to one thing.
      80 base runners in 54 innings. That…that…just…wow.

  5. temporarilyexiled - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    I’m assuming no one here thinks Bruce expects his son to suddenly morph into greatness. I think it’s great he’s giving his son a chance, and I seriously doubt there’s anyone vying for that 40th spot who also happens to pitch and who’s way more deserving. Isn’t the usual banter right around now about how ridiculous it is (even though it’s actually just fine and dandy) to expand the rosters for the stretch drive? After yesterday, and continuing in Coors Field, a 40-PITCHER roster is not enough.

  6. ud1951 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    In fairness to his stats, teams in the Pacific Conference of the PCL plays a lot of games in stadiums at elevations above Coors Field. Even Bumgarner did not look all that dominate in the PCL and ended the season with a lower ERA in 18 starts in the majors than in the 14 starts at Fresno the year he was there.

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