36. Adam Bostick – RP – AAA – 27/yrs.
Bostick was selected by Florida Marlins in 6th Round (182nd overall) of 2001 amateur entry draft. He signed for a $150,0000 bonus and was immediately assigned to the GCL Marlin team where, according to Baseball Cube, he pitched 0.0 innings over 7 starts, giving up 57 runs and posting an ERA of 720,000,000.00. Let’s all assume that’s wrong. Bostick missed the entire 2002 season following surgery to transpose a nerve in his elbow. 2003 through 2006 were spent at Jamestown (A-), Greensboro (A), Jupiter (A+), Carolina (AA) and finally, Albuquerque (AAA) in 2006. He was a starter throughout his Marlins minor league career. This was a guy that, when in A ball, struck out 163 batters in 114 innings.
On Nov 20, 2006, Bostick was traded by the Marlins with Jason Vargas to Mets for Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens. Various scouting reports have said that he has a smooth delivery, and pitches at 88-90 mph and tops out at 93 mph. He has known for having the best curveball in the Marlins system, but his changeup needs work. He also has had erratic command and shown a lack of endurance, but only gave up 7 home runs in the 2006 season. Experts project him as a lefty specialist if he masters his control problems and gets to the big leagues.
John Sickles’ 2007 Top Mets prospects has him at #10, with a C+ rating, plus the following comments: “good breaking ball…” In fact, Sickles has always been high on Bostick.
In January 2007, Rotoworld listed Bostick as the 13th top Mets prospect of 2007.
Bostick pitched the entire 2007 season for New Orleans (6-7, 5.66, 1.56, in 21 games, 20 starts).
In September 2007, Bostick was assigned to play in the Arizona Winter League (which is always a sign that the organization wants to invest more time and money in you).
In October 2007, Bostick was assigned to play in the Arizona Winter League.
In late January 2007, Baseball America ranked him as the 23rd overall Mets prospect.
Also in February 2008, Rotoworld ranked Bostick as the #12 Mets prospect.
2008 was unkind to Bostick. He spent much of the season on the IR (left knee) and posted limited numbers (11 games, 10 starts 2-2, 6.04) for New Orleans.
Bostick did basically nothing wrong in 2009… pitching AA/AAA, he went a combined 3-3, 3.05, in 39 games, one start. This included 63-Ks in 56.0-IP, with a 0.84 GO/AO.
For reasons unexplained, Bostick did not get a shot in Queens, which, in my opinion, he earned. I am sure he will compete for a bullpen slot in spring training and my guess he will get it. He turns 27 in March 2010, which is a baby for a reliever.