Drafted by the Angels when they were still going by the California Angels, Bochte made his big league debut in 1974 and hit .270 over 57 games. After four years with the Angels and one with Cleveland, he spent the next five in Seattle.
There, Bochte earned his only All-Star selection in 1979, hitting .316 to go along with 16 home runs and 100 RBI. While never a power hitter, Bochte was an extremely productive offensive threat.
He spent his final three seasons with the Oakland Athletics, hitting a combined .272 with 25 home runs and 155 RBI. Throughout his 12-year career, Bochte accumulated a 19.4 WAR, including a 3.7 WAR in 1979.