Chris Bostick opened a lot of eyes around baseball last season when he posted an 1136 OPS in 14 games in the Arizona Rookie League and then put on an impressive show during the Oakland A's fall Instructional League camp. After a solid stretch of play during spring and extended spring training this year, Bostick was sent to Vermont to play in the New York-Penn League.
Just a year removed from high school, Bostick got off to a solid start with the Lake Monsters, and he was named to the league's mid-season All-Star team. The infielder has struggled some since the start of August, and his season slash line sits at .254/.328/.373. There is still a lot to be excited about in regards to Bostick's future, however. The infielder has posted an 891 OPS versus left-handed pitchers and he impresses scouts with his athleticism.
When the Lake Monsters visited the Tri-City Valley Cats last weekend, Bostick had the opportunity to play in front of friends and family. Donald Moore spoke with the Rochester native about his first full professional season.
Donald Moore: How is everything going for you this year?
Chris Bostick: Pretty good. It's been a good year so far, definitely having a lot fun, that's for sure. First year kind of getting acquainted with things, first full year with spring training and everything, so I'm having a lot fun this year. It's been a long year definitely but no regrets and it's been really good.
DM: What's it like adjusting to pro ball?
CB: Pretty good, it's going alright. I'd say the hardest part isn't the baseball part, it's everything off the field like bus trips you have to get used to and everything. It's good. Definitely a different kind of lifestyle, but I'm having a lot of fun with it so far.
DM: Best thing about being a professional athlete?
CB: I'd say just waking up and getting to play baseball everyday. Getting to go to work playing baseball is the best part for me.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
CB: Finish strong. We only have 12 more games left or so and regardless of what stats look like, or what the record is, everyone just wants to perform and finish this season on a high note definitely.
DM: What is your greatest strength as a ball player?
CB: I really don't get too shell-shocked or nervous at times and I just kind of play regardless of how things are going. I just kind of stay in the middle [emotionally].
DM: What would you like to improve on?
CB: I'd say more consistent at bats. At times I kind of lose my approach, so I'd like to have more of a consistent approach for every single at bat. Also, with defense, you can always get better at defense.
DM: Any pregame routine?
CB: Not really, no. I kind of get ready and go and try to stay away from superstitious kind of things and just play.
DM: Favorite thing to do off the field?
CB: I'd say just listen to music, or hang out. I'm not a real "go out" kind of person. I kind of keep to myself and chill.
DM: Favorite team growing up?
CB: Never had one actually.
DM: Favorite player?
DM: If there is one person who taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
CB: I'd have to say my brothers, to tell you the truth. Maybe not so much about baseball, but life in general. Things that you can take into baseball. So I have to say I learned pretty much from them.
DM: What was it like playing in the New York-Penn League All Star game this year?
CB: It was fun and a good experience. I was kind of a break from everything and I felt really privileged to go out and play there with all of the rest guys that made the team. It was a good opportunity and something I'll never forget.
DM: Craziest thing you've ever seen on a diamond?
CB: It's funny because I feel as though all the craziest things happen to me. I have broken a couple of facial parts playing baseball, so I'd say that's about the craziest parts for me. I broke my nose this year and actually broke my jaw one year in high school.
DM: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
CB: Let's see, definitely still playing baseball, that's for sure. Where? That's still to be determined but I'm hoping I can keeping it going and move up every year. I wouldn't say the big leagues, but that's the goal for everyone. Definitely I'd like to keep progressing as the years go on and I don't want to find myself falling back and staying in the same place for too long. Anywhere is fine, but I'd like to keep going up.
DM: Thank you for your time and it was a pleasure talking with you and the best of luck to you.
CB: Thank you, thank you.