By Mike Steffanos
The Mets acquired left-hander Adam Bostick along with lefty Jason Vargas in November of 2006 in exchange for right-handed relievers Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom. Here is a scouting report on Bostick from Baseball America's Matt Meyers at the time of the deal:
Bostick is a sixth-round pick in 2001 from a high school in Pennsylvania. After missing all of 2002 following surgery to transpose a nerve in his elbow, Bostick emerged as a prospect in 2004 when he struck out 163 batters in 114 innings to lead the low Class A South Atlantic League. In 142 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A, the 23-year-old was 9-9, 3.74 with a 139-80 strikeout-walk ratio. He pitches at 88-90 with a fastball that features a late hop that hitters have a hard time with. He can be over-reliant on his fastball and needs to trust his offspeed stuff more.
Here is Baseball Prospectus' take on Bostick following his 2004 season:
Call us crazy, but we think if you lead your league in strikeouts, and do so at a rate of nearly 13 per nine innings, you have to be one of the top 20 prospects in the circuit. Baseball America left Bostick off their Sally League list. Conceding that BP and BA run at things a bit differently, I don't see how that kind of performance doesn't make you a prospect until you prove otherwise. Bostick throws a big deuce -- cause of the strikeouts and, by extension, BA's apathy -- and a reasonable fastball, and should be watched at Jupiter this year.
Used exclusively as a starter in the minors, here are Bostick's minor league numbers since his breakout 2004 campaign:
|2004 - Greensboro (A)||23||114||7.9||12.9||4.6||0.8||3.79||1.39|
|2005 - Jupiter (A+)||17||91.1||9.4||9.3||3.6||0.7||3.84||1.43|
|2005 - Carolina (AA)||9||44.1||8.5||7.9||5.1||0.6||4.67||1.51|
|2006 - Carolina (AA)||22||115.0||7.8||8.5||5.2||0.6||3.52||1.45|
|2006 - Albuquerque (AAA)||5||27.0||13.0||10.0||4.3||1.3||3.52||1.93|
|Minor League Totals||102||483.1||8.9||9.8||4.7||0.9||4.23||1.50|
Bostick's righty/lefty splits from last year show how effective he can be against left-handed batters, and show promise of being a lefty specialist in a major league bullpen:
|Adam Bostick 2006 RH/LH Splits|
The one number that's bad is on-base percentage. He just walks too many batters. If Adam Bostick can learn to cut down his walks, he can make it to the major leagues and help someone as a starter or reliever. He has a plus curveball and gets enough movement on his fastball for it to be effective, particularly when he can set it up with that big curve. A walk rate of 5 per 9 innings just isn't going to cut it, though, especially for a bullpen role. Expect Bostick to begin the year in Triple-A New Orleans and provide insurance for both the rotation and the bullpen.
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