Worcester, Mass.-- Clark University Baseball graduate Kyle Bonicki (Waterbury, Conn.), recently signed a contract to continue his baseball career playing for the Bakersfield Train Robbers. The Train Robbers are a professional baseball team based in Bakersfield, Calif. who compete in the Pecos League, an independent baseball league. Bonicki earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management in 2017 and is currently working towards his Master of Business Administration degree at Clark.
After wearing the number 21 on his jersey for four years at Clark, Bonicki now wears the number 9 on his back for the Train Robbers. So far he has appeared in seven games, recorded seven hits including one double and six RBIs. Bonicki is currently batting .318 and is listed as a second baseman on the Train Robber's 2018 roster.
Bonicki spent three years playing under Clark University baseball head coach J.P. Pyne. "Kyle is one of the best players that I've had the privilege of coaching…he has an unmatched work ethic and true desire to be great," said Pyne.
Bonicki broke several school baseball records while at Clark. As a senior He set single season school records in doubles, runs scored, and total bases. He holds the school record for career batting average, hits, doubles, and on base percentage. Over his career he appeared in 144 total games and was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team three times. In 2017 he was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-American third team and All-New England First Team. He was also named to the All-American honorable mention team, New England Player of the Year, and All-New England First Team by D3 baseall.com. In 2018 he was named to the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association/ABCA DIII All-New England Third Team as a shortstop. Bonicki also played for the Nashua Silver Knights (2017) and Wachusett Dirt Dawgs (2016) of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League during his summers.
"I'm excited to have the opportunity to continue playing the game I love," said Bonicki. "It has always been my dream to get paid to play baseball. Even though it is far away from the fame and fortune, and bright lights we see on TV, it's an opportunity to continue my career at the next level, and that is all I could ask for. Hopefully I play well enough to keep climbing, but I'm just going to enjoy the ride".
Coach Pyne has the same hopes and dreams for Bonicki, "I believe that he will be very successful in Bakersfield and I hope that it can propel him into an affiliated opportunity".