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Beau Bishop

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Beau Jordan Te Wera Bishop

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 198 lb.
  • High School Aotea College

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Biographical Information[edit]

Beau Bishop was primarily a softball player in New Zealand when Boston Red Sox scout Jon Deeble signed him in 2011. Boston had signed two other New Zealanders, Boss Moanaroa and Moko Moanaroa. He fared well in the 2011 Australian Baseball Academy, finishing among the league leaders in numerous areas. He made his pro debut with the 2012 GCL Red Sox, going 1 for 4 against the GCL Rays on June 19. He hit .189/.232/.208 in 16 games that season.

In the 2013 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, he was 2 for 10 with a double, five walks and a run. He was second on New Zealand in OBP (behind Scott Campbell) and led in walks. For the Taiwan qualifying pool, only Ssu-Chi Chou (6) had more walks. His brother Sam Bishop was a teammate. Bishop was 0 for 5 with a passed ball for the 2013 GCL Red Sox. For the Adelaide Bite in the 2013-2014 Australian Baseball League, he was 0 for 5 with a walk. He was let go by the Red Sox.

Bishop next appeared with the AZL Brewers in 2015, going 1 for 2 with a RBI. With the Bite in the 2015-2016 ABL, he was 1 for 5; the team interestingly had another Kiwi starting at catcher (Connar O'Gorman). With O'Gorman starting at backstop for New Zealand in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, Bishop was the DH in game 1, but was retired all three times by Dylan Unsworth of South Africa and sat out the next two games, replaced at DH by fellow ex-Red Sox farmhand Moko Moanaroa.

When the Auckland Tuatara were formed in the 2018-2019 Australian Baseball League, he hit .220/.260/.308 while splitting the catching duties. He remained with them for 2019-2020, fading to .213/.260/.213 while he backed up Jonny Homza and Bas Nooij. He was back with New Zealand for the 2022 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, only two months after catching for them in the Men's Softball World Cup. Starting at catcher (O'Gorman playing more DH), he was 1 for 6 with a double (off Gabriel Barbosa of Brazil) and a run. A different brother, Faenza Bishop, was a teammate.