Penn's Bossart making an impact at Double-A Reading

The 24-year-old is hitting .270 this season.

Matt Leon
June 04, 2018 - 1:39 pm
Reading catcher Austin Bossart

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Austin Bossart has made steady progress through the Phillies system since being drafted in the 14th round out of the University of Pennsylvania back in 2015.

This season, Bossart, a catcher, is enjoying his first year in Double-A with the Reading Fightin' Phils. The 24-year-old is hitting .270 this season with three home runs and 10 runs batted in over 22 games. He also has thrown out 30 percent of the runners trying to steal against him.

"I think things are kind of coming together," Bossart said after Sunday's loss to Richmond. "Learning the pitching staff, I mean I've been with [a lot of the pitchers] for a few years [in the system] so it's nice to continue to be on the same page with them. Things are coming together offensively, which is just kind of a byproduct of just focusing on the defensive part of it. So been, overall, pretty happy with the season."

Bossart's defense has turned a lot of heads during his pro career. Last season with High-A Clearwater, he actually threw out 45 percent of the runners who attempted to steal, and his career percentage sits at a very good 37 percent.

Bossart says he is happy with the progress he's made so far during his minor league career.

"I think it's always just about improving every day and finding something to work on at all times." he said. "Like even [Sunday], I went into the video room, was working with the guy who's doing the catching with us, Greg Brodzinski, and just working on every little thing because it all matters going up through the system. So if I can separate myself in any of those aspects, then that's what I'm going to do."

Bossart's career at the University of Pennsylvania was outstanding. He hit .302 as a Quaker and was named Co-Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior in 2015. He reflects on the special memories from his time in college.

"Of course graduating from Penn is a pretty special thing," he says. "But just playing with all of my teammates with Penn was really special. It's one of those things, you never forget those guys, and a lot of them came to my wedding this past off-season, which was pretty cool. Just being around them and spending time with them for four years was really special."

Bossart has shown a flare for the dramatic as of late. On Saturday night, he tied a game with Richmond with an eighth inning solo home run and then won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off RBI single. Then Monday afternoon, he beat Richmond again with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth.

Bossart and the rest of the Fightin's open a series in Altoona on Tuesday.

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