By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that Chris Bostick has been acquired from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league catcher Taylor Gushue and cash.
Bostick was drafted by the Nationals in 2011 out of Aquinas Institute. Heading into this season, Baseball America rated him the 25th best prospect in the Nats system. Bostick began 2016 with AA Harrisburg where he hit .290 along with an .818 OPS in 71 games. He was promoted to AAA Syracuse in late June, but didn’t have the same success, as he batted just .203 with an OPS of .559 in 64 games played. Bostick split his games at second base, shortstop and left field. The Pirates added him to the 40-man roster since he’ll be Rule 5 eligible in the offseason. Bostick will likely start next season with AAA Indianapolis as a depth option in case of an injury.
Gushue was a fourth round selection of the Pirates in the 2014 draft out of the University of Florida. The 22-year-old backstop spent the entire 2016 season with the Bradenton Marauders, hitting .226 with a .639 OPS in 90 games. Behind the plate, Gushue didn’t perform well, as he threw out 25% of basestealers, while allowing 14 passed balls.