Athlete Spotlight – New season, new challenges for Bossart


Austin Bossart

Last year, we chronicled the journey from collegiate baseball to the Philadelphia Phillies Minor League system for 2011 OTHS Grad Austin Bossart.

At the time, Bossart was a freshly drafted catching prospect in his first full season of professional baseball after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania as one of the Johnny Bench Award semifinalists for the nation’s top collegiate catcher.

This season, Bossart is catching in High A for the Lakewood BlueClaws in the Florida League. In 25 games so far, the former Panther has hit a career-high 2 home runs and has driven in 7 while continuing to pose a staunch presence behind the plate as a fundamentally premier backstop.

The stats, while early, are a promising sign for the young catcher after a brief but difficult stint at the Arizona Fall League, where he appeared in just 4 games but hit .091 across 11 plate appearances.

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