Just days after coming to an agreement with left-handed pitcher Ty Madrigal, the White Sox are keeping it all in the family with their second undrafted free agent signing. This time, the team reportedly has a deal with infielder Brandon Bossard, first made public in a tweet issued by Nazareth Academy Baseball. The Lemont, Illinois native is notably the son of head groundskeeper Roger Bossard, more commonly referred to by fans as “The Sodfather.”
Brandon split his collegiate career between three different schools over the course of four years, attending Heartland Community College (2017-18), St. John’s University (2019), and briefly Robert Morris University Illinois (2020). The 6-0, 185 lb. middle infielder saw the bulk of his Division-I action with the Johnnies last year, starting in 40 of 45 games played. In that span, Bossard slashed .214/.336/.364 with three home runs, five doubles, a triple, and 15 RBI. During BIG EAST conference play specifically, he went .260 during a 15-game span for the Red Storm.
This past spring, Bossard only saw 13 games in a shortened season for Robert Morris Illinois. The senior hit .275 with a home run, double, and 12 RBI in just 40 at-bats. Based on his stats and the limited information available, all signs point to Bossard starting off in the Arizona League whenever play officially resumes.
With the deal, it’s also worth mentioning that Bossard becomes the first position player of this year’s draft class. He joins pitchers Garrett Crochet (LHP), Jared Kelley (RHP), Adisyn Coffey (RHP), Kade Mechals (RHP), Bailey Horn (LHP), and the previously mentioned Ty Madrigal (LHP).
The White Sox are now two-for-two in hauling in players with familial ties to the organization. With these UDFA deals, the team can sign a non-drafted player to a contract worth no more than $20,000. Despite the spending restriction, they may come to terms with as many free agents as they would like without facing any penalty. We’ll see now if they can complete the trifecta or opt to sign someone without a Sox connection.
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