Monday marked the final day of the regular season in most of the nation’s affiliated minor leagues, and in a story of somewhat less significance than the end of professional baseball in Portland, OR, infielder Leury Bonilla, 25, played all 9 positions for West Tennessee in the hosts’ 8-0 defeat of Chattanooga. From the Everett (WA) Herald‘s Kirby Arnold :
Despite all the movement, the ball didn’t find Bonilla until the seventh when he caught a popup at first base.
On the mound in the ninth, he struck out Jaime Pedroza to start the inning before Pedro Baez singled. Bonilla then got Alfredo Silverio to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Bonilla signed with the Mariners as a non-drafted free agent in 2002. He’s hardly a stranger to every position on the field.
He played them all except center field during the 2007 season at Class A Wisconsin, pitching twice and recording a save by striking out the only hitter he faced Aug. 4 at Fort Wayne.
He also struck out two in an inning of relief in 2008 at Class A High Desert.
Last year at West Tennessee, Bonilla played games at catcher, first base, second, third, shortstop, left field and right field, and he pitched an inning at High Desert after being sent there in July.