Steve Decker, head coach of the Defenders, compares Brock Bond's (06-07) style of play to former St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Fernando Vina.■ Four Defenders named Eastern League All-Stars (Norwich Bulletin)
"Brock's a switch hitter, he knows how to work the count, he knows how to get on base, he has a two strike approach, he can bunt, he's a very good solid leadoff guy."
"His tool grade isn't off the charts, but when you watch him play day in and day out you know he's a tough kid and goes up there and battles everyday and helps ballclubs win. And you know what, he's going to grind his way into being a big leaguer if he keeps playing like this."
And, for now, that's impressive enough for the guy who was the 734th player selected in the 2007 draft
Madison Bumgarner, Brock Bond, Eddy Martinez-Esteve and Joe Paterson have all been selected to play in this year’s Eastern League All-Star Game, set for July 15 in Trenton.
The San Francisco Giants’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America, the 19-year-old Bumgarner has compiled a 1.96 ERA and 5-1 record since his promotion to Double-A on May 9. Meanwhile, Bond, a second baseman, is hitting a team-high .326, ranks third in the league in runs scored (49) and currently boasts the longest active on-base streak in the major or minor leagues at 45 games.