Brett Bonvechio was the “Player to Be Named Later” to complete a trade between the Boston Red Sox and San Diego Padres in 2004. He joined the Wizards that season and collected 304 while appearing in 82 games. He hit for a .237 average, which included 72 hits, 19 doubles, 1 triple and 9 home runs.
Mostly playing third, Bonvechio also saw time at first and a little at catcher. then, the left-handed hitting infielder had his best season in 2005 while with Lake Elsinore, where he hit .267/.385/.460.
Then, the injury bug virtually derailed his career and nearly ended it. The then 25-year-old found himself cut from the Padres system. To continue his career, he joined the legions of indy-ballers and continued to play simply because he loves to play.
Just days ago, Bonvechio was signed by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to Advanced-A Winston SalemÂ Warthogs where he’ll set out to begin his ascent to the Majors anew. Let’s hope the injuries and bad luck are behind him.
John Conniff of MadFriars recently caught up with Bonvechio for an interview. Well worth a read.