Joseph Edward Borchard
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 220 lb.
- High School Camarillo High School
- College Stanford University
- Debut September 2, 2002
- Final Game August 5, 2007
- Born November 25, 1978 in Panorama City, CA USA
Joe Borchard, who has played six seasons in the majors, was with the Fresno Grizzlies in 2010. In the majors, he has had 26 home runs in 716 at-bats, and he hit nearly 140 minor league home runs to go along with his 26 major league homers through early 2010.
He signed in late March 2011 to play with a team in the independent Atlantic League. In June 2011, Joe announced his retirement. Bridgeport manager Willie Upshaw felt that Borchard still had plenty of ability and that a major league organization team would sign Joe sometime later in the season. Borchard, 32, stated that he would be interested in being a scout, and that he had sent resumes to a number of companies in his hometown of Charlotte, NC. Source
Joe was a college baseball star out of Stanford University. He played for Stanford from 1998-2000, and in 1998, his baseball teammates included many other future major leaguers: John Gall, Jody Gerut, Eric Bruntlett, Jason Young, Jeff Austin, Chad Hutchinson, Justin Wayne, and Tony Cogan.
Borchard was also a quarterback on the football team. A couple of times he passed for 300+ yards, including once against UCLA.
He was in both the 1999 College World Series and the 2000 Rose Bowl.
Playing in the minors from 2000 to 2002, he got his first major league shot in 2002 with the White Sox. Thereafter, he was to bounce back and forth between Charlotte in Triple-A and the parent White Sox each year. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, Borchard hit .147/.326/.382 as the Team USA right fielder with 7 walks and a key homer to help the USA to a semifinals win.
Majors and Minors
He hit .417 in 7 games with the 2005 White Sox, but did not appear in post-season play.
In 2006, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners, appearing in 6 games before moving to the Florida Marlins in mid-season after being designated for assignment by Seattle. With the Marlins, he appeared in 108 games, making 2006 the major league season in which he had the most appearances and at-bats. While his batting average was low, he drew walks well and showed some power.
He was with the Florida Marlins again for most of 2007 after hitting over .280 in spring training. In early August 2007 he was sent to Triple A, to the Albuquerque Isotopes, where in his first 19 games he hit .385 and slugged .800. On August 27, he was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week.
He was a non-roster invitee with the Atlanta Braves in 2008 spring training, hitting .317, but was sent down to Richmond on March 28. After playing a couple months, he had Tommy John surgery and was out for the rest of 2008. The Richmond team moved to Georgia in 2009 to become the Gwinnett Braves, and Borchard was one of the team's outfielders in 2009 until released. A month later he signed with the San Francisco Giants and has played for the Fresno Grizzlies in 2009 and 2010.
In the winter of 2010-11 he played ball in the Caribbean.