Akeem Bostick Scouting Report (2014)
Texas Rangers pitching prospect Akeem Bostick has hit a rough patch navigating his first full season of professional ball. Entering last week with a 3.47 ERA, the Hickory Crawdads pitcher saw it skyrocket to 4.92 after two uneven performances. Against Lexington, the young right-hander recorded only five outs, allowing ten of the fifteen batters he faced to reach base. At Rome, they battered him for seven runs in four and a third innings. The Rangers drafted Bostick knowing he was raw and projectable. After a successful debut, observers expected domination. It hasn’t happened. Are Bostick’s struggles a product of his being a diamond in the rough? Or, we he an overdraft in the second round of the 2013 draft?
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, he looked the part of an athlete who signed to play football at Georgia Southern University. Lean with muscle development throughout, this 19-year-old prospect is capable of adding 20 pounds to his frame without losing any athleticism. Bostick is a poster child for the type of elite athlete baseball loses to other sports. In the video package above, watch as Bostick ranges left on a bunt attempt, single-handedly retiring the runner at first and nearly doubling off a base runner at third. Few middle infielders, let alone pitchers have the athletic ability to complete a similar play.
An across-the-body thrower, Akeem Bostick struggles to catch up to the target as his arm travels the length of his body. The delivery causes deception. However, it saps velocity, command and diminishes his stuff. Striding towards the 3rd base line forces the right-hander to misuse energy. Straightening Bostick’s stride towards home plate would allow the 19-year old to maximize the power generated from his base. At present, Bostick utilizes his legs well, which allows the prospect to put nominal strain on his throwing shoulder.
The Florence, South Carolina product is a four-pitch pitcher. A 90-91 MPH two-seam fastball is his most refined offering. The two-seamer spawns late drop and a touch of arm-side run, resulting in soft ground ball contact. Command is an issue, but a more consistent stride to home plate will improve command and add additional velocity.
The best of three secondary pitches is a 11-5 curve ball. Sitting 74-76 MPH, the curve flashed plus potential. its tight, heavy drop devastated hitters. It’s a swing-and-miss offering. Bostick battled an inconsistent finish throwing the curveball. Failing to finish his delivery caused the pitch to be loopy and out of the strike zone. Repeating it would increase the odds of it developing as a viable secondary option.
An 80-82 MPH change-up shows potential to be a solid third pitch for the Rangers prospect. Slowing down his delivery, Bostick is able to take 10-MPH plus off his change to compliment his fastball. When the right-hander limits the amount of drag in his delivery, his change up has similar drop to the two-seam fastball. Drag during the delivery causes the change-up to come in flat and hittable. It was a focal point of his Rome start, throwing the pitch to both right-handed and left-handed hitters. Given time, this pitch projects as a average offering.
An 81-83 MPH slider was the prospect’s weakest offering. With tight, early movement, this pitch hung in place for hitters to destroy. A one dimensional offering, this pitch moved horizontally with little-to-no drop. Likely in it’s infancy, this pitch projects as a below average offering.
Akeem Bostick is an impressive 19-year-old athlete with boom or bust potential on the mound as he presented three projectable MLB quality pitches. Right now, command issues plague the right-hander’s South Atlantic League stat line. Correcting the aforementioned stride issue would allow him to maximize immense physical tools, clearing up command issues and adding velocity to the fastball. Bostick is the type of arm/athlete general manager’s and fan’s dream on. This dream is at least three seasons from becoming reality.
Tool Present Future Projected Role Number 3 Starter Fastball 50 65 Curveball 35 55 Slider 20 30 Changeup 30 45 Control 40 50 Command 25 40
Owning Akeem Bostick
This Florence, South Carolina native belongs on fantasy owner’s helium watch list. Buzz will pick up significantly if the Rangers are successful employing necessary alterations to Bostick’s delivery. In most formats, it’s too early to spend a roster spot on the right-hander though. In leagues with deeper rosters, owning the former second round pick is a must, but be warned — Akeem Bostick has significant bust potential.
16 Jul 2014 / Chris Blessing /
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