Bostick Taking a Different Angle
For Bostick this is his second stint in Double-A after spending the entirety of his Mets career in Triple-A, pitching in New Orleans. Yet the left-handed Bostick understands the importance of his time in Binghamton, and embraces his role.
"I have got to get some innings in relieving, just to see what it is like and get good innings in. I must make sure I am pitching using the proper technique," Bostick said. "Coming back to Double-A is not a big concern for me. I feel that if you show what you can do on the field there is a good chance that you're going to go up anyways."
B-Mets pitching coach Hector Berrios attributes Bostick's new role to the fact that the team is trying give the lefty as much time as possible to get adjusted pitching from this new arm angle.
"They have dropped down his arm angle to a three-quarter angle and we just want him to get comfortable in that new arm slot. We feel he is going to have more value to the organization in this role," Berrios explained.
"Right now he is just getting comfortable with it, and he has been great to this point," Berrios continued. "His ability to continue to get left-handed hitters out from that position is huge because once you start pitching from that arm slot there is an opportunity at the big league level to be a situational lefty. A Pedro Feliciano type."
For the majority of Bostick's career he has been considered a starter, but with arm troubles and a tremendous ability to get left-handed batters out he has more value as a lefty specialist.
Injuries have plagued his professional career, limiting him last year to pitch for only half of a season. The combination of this new arm slot and an arm that he says is "one-hundred percent" healthy should result in success.
"It is a good feeling (playing this season) after not playing for basically a year following my surgery in May. Coming back now it feels good to be on the mound and playing again. Rehab was strenuous…but the Mets staff was good at rehabbing me back to where I am now," he stated.
But Bostick still needs work and understands that the transition to a three-quarters release will take time to adjust.
"Being mechanically sound is one of the things I have worked on, but everything else is working out for the best," said Bostick. "I am keeping the ball down, and I have got good movement throwing a lot of pitches for strikes."
"The biggest change is basically throwing side-armed and the adjustment from throwing a curveball to a slider."
Keys to the lefty's season will be perfecting his technique and making sure his mechanics are sound.
"Right now I am just working on technique, making sure I am fundamentally sound on the mound. Right now I am really making sure my mechanics are good. Staying back, things like that. The arm is fine, it's just a matter of working out things mechanically."
Bostick has good stuff, and combined with his new arm angle should be able to dominate in his new role. Berrios' goal remains having him get back to pitching in the higher levels and is impressed with his experience as well as his ability to throw all of his pitches for strikes.
"Right now I have no concerns with his health or arm when he is throwing from the new arm slot. Right now his fastball is anywhere from 88-91 which is above average from that slot, and he also throws a slider that has late actions and throws it for a strike. He will be able to expand the plate by using his slider," Berrios explained.
Bostick agrees with his coach in terms of how great his stuff is, featuring a live fastball, a nasty slider and a sinker that breaks pretty hard. For the left-hander this will be a year to prove his ability to the organization and himself.
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