For once, it was the Miami Marlins looking to make a deal without giving up too much in return. The team announced it has acquired Christopher Bostick from the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash considerations.
Bostick has experience playing in the Majors and he provides depth for the team for the end of this season and heading into 2019.
"Per Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, “A 44th-round pick by the A’s in 2011, Bostic has enjoyed a strong season with the Pirates’ Triple-A Indianapolis affiliate. In 78 games, his slash line was .295/.351/.436 with 24 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 32 RBIs.”"
Because of his versatility, Marlins manager Don Mattingly has several options where to use Bostick.
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Only appearing in two games this season with the Pirates on the parent club roster, he has spent most of his time in Pittsburgh’s minor league organization.
"“In 2017, the right-handed-hitting and throwing outfielder appeared in 20 games with Pittsburgh, with a slash line of .296/.406/.370 in 27 at-bats,” Frisaro added."
Bostick was needed by the organization (wow, that’s a switch) because the outfield depth at the Double and Triple-A level is thin. Isaac Galloway, Magneuris Sierra, and Rafael Ortega have all been called up to the Majors. It is possible Bostick could play both in the infield and outfield in New Orleans.
Right now, Sierra is ranked as the team’s 15th ranked prospect by MLB.com. Galloway waited over a decade to make it to the Majors and got a single in his first at-bat with the Marlins.
Ortega looked solid in the team’s 4-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday. He went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases. The Marlins may have found a leadoff hitter until Lewis Brinson returns from the disabled list.
The Marlins believe Ortega may be a more polished hitter than Sierra or Brinson at this time.
Both Bostick and Garrett Cooper could be used as utility players off the bench when Cooper completes his rehab assignment and the 40-man roster is added on Sept. 1.
While the Marlins have collected every-day prospects through trades this offseason and before the MLB Trade Deadline, the emphasis has been on acquiring pitching depth for the future. Now that the team has traded away both Cameron Maybin and Justin Bour, there is a void that must be filled.