June 22, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Former Marshall baseball player Aaron Bossi has signed a free agent minor league contract with the New York Yankees.
Bossi, a four-year starter in the middle infield for the Herd, is the 26th player or signee under head coach Jeff Waggoner who has been drafted or signed a free agent contract by a Major League Baseball organization.
The ABCA Mideast All-Region first team member is coming off his most productive season for the Thundering Herd squad in 2016. The St. Louis native had a .333 batting average with a team-high 75 hits and 45 RBIs. Bossi registered 14 doubles, one triple and six home runs. His one triple on the year came at the right time, as he is believed to have the first cycle in Marshall history, against Louisiana Tech on April 3. Bossi was named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team after batting .471 (8-for-17) with seven RBIs and a homer.
Bossi joins four Herd teammates who were selected in the MLB Draft earlier this month. Center fielder Corey Bird was a seventh-round pick of the Miami Marlins. Pitcher Burris Warner was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 22nd round. Pitcher JD Hammer was a 24th-round pick of the Colorado Rockies. Pitcher Parker Danciu went to the Atlanta Braves in the 39th round.
Bossi will also join former Herd members Kevin Shackelford, Greg Williams and Isaac Ballou in the minors. Shackelford and Williams are in the Cincinnati Reds organization, while Ballou is with the Washington Nationals.
Bossi will start his pro career working out as a catcher for the GCL Yankees in the Gulf Coast League, a rookie league that operates in Florida.