Throughout the 2018/2019 offseason, Marlin Maniac will devote one article each for every player who appeared in the Miami Marlins system for the 2018 season. Every. Single. Player. This is Part 58 of 286. Stay tuned.
Christopher Michael Bostick is a 5’10”, 200 lb. left fielder from Rochester, New York. Born on March 24th, 1993, the Oakland Athletics selected him in the 44th round of the 2011 MLB Amateur Entry Draft with the 1,336th overall choice. He’s the only player selected at that position (out of 24) to make a major league appearance. 2011 was also the last season the draft went past 40 rounds. Follow Bostick on Twitter @leanonmeCB.
Bostick lasted three seasons in the Oakland system. After the 2013 campaign, the A’s traded him to the Texas Rangers with Michael Choice for Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom. For Texas, he appeared in 130 games in 2014 with the high-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, in the Carolina League. He put together a .251/.322/.412 slashline, with 11 home runs and 62 RBI, along with 24 stolen bases.
A year after getting traded to the Rangers, Bostick was shipped out to the Washington Nationals with Abel de los Santos for Ross Detwiler. He played two years there, totaling 135 games and slashing .250/.313/.386 splitting his time in 2016 between the double-A Harrisburg Senators in the Eastern League and the Syracuse Chiefs in the triple-A International League (IL). At that time, he was considered the #30 prospect in the Nationals system.
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At the close of the 2016 season, Bostick was sent to the PIttsburgh Pirates for Taylor Gushue. Over the next two seasons, he played in 204 games for the Indianapolis Indians in the IL. He also appeared in a total of 22 contests for the Pirates, going eight-for-29 from the plate. On August 12th, the Bucs sent him to the Miami Marlins for cash.
Defensively, Bostick has a .966 career fielding percentage in his eight minor league seasons at second base. He has fielded .986 as an outfielder.
Bostick got into 13 games for the Marlins, appearing as a pinch-hitter 10 times and as a defensive replacement once at second base. He also started a pair of games, once at second and one in left field. He collected his first major Miami Marlins hit on August 14th, a sixth-inning RBI-pinch-double to score Magneuris Sierra. The run gave Miami a 6-5 lead, but they would eventually lose the contest, 10-6.
Aside from that, most of Bostick’s first three weeks in the Marlins organization was spent in the triple-A Pacific Coast League, with the New Orleans Baby Cakes. He put up a .281/.338/.297 slashline, with six RBI. On September 4th, he got the call back to the majors, and hit a seventh-inning leadoff-pinch-single that same day off of former Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta, but was erased on a Rafael Ortega double-play ball.
Bostick ended up going three-for-14 overall, with two RBI, a pair of walks, and six strikeouts through the season. On October 11th, he was outrighted to the Baby Cakes. No longer on the Marlins 40-man roster, Bostick may have a chance to make the team with a strong Spring Training in 2019, or he may sign elsewhere. Still just 25-years-old, Bostick may have a lot of baseball left to play.
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