2011-08-20 / Sports

Jesse Bosnik making strides with Dodgers

Elk County’s Jesse Bosnik is making a name for himself as a professional baseball player after a slow start to the 2011 season.

Bosnik, a star athlete at Elk County Catholic High School, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization after being drafted in 2010 out of St. Bonaventure University. He is a third baseman for the Dodgers’ Class A minor league team, the Great Lakes Loons, based in Midland, Mich.

After batting just .183 in April and .213 in May, Bosnik was referred to a special instructional program to improve his hitting.

Three weeks later, he emerged with a hot bat, culminating with Bosnik being presented the Dodger Pride Award for July. He hit .263 in June, then .309 in July. As of last week, he was batting .417 in August.

“It was basically batting practice for a month,” Bosnik said of his instructional stint. “I was always feeling for it when I went to hit. I was always thinking so much, thinking about where my hands were, how my stance was -- things that you should think about in batting practice, but not in the game. Now, I can just react.”

After hitting one home run in his first 62 games, Bosnik hit five in the first 12 games upon his return.

He has also adjusted to playing third base after being a shortstop through his college and high school baseball careers.

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