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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Pittsburgh Pirates Option Chris Bostick; Reassign Erich Weiss to Minor League Camp

After making three cuts from Major League camp on Friday morning, the Pittsburgh Pirates made another two after Friday’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Infielder Chris Bostick has been optioned to Indianapolis, while second baseman Erich Weiss has been reassigned to minor league camp. The active Spring Training roster is now at 51 players.

Bostick was acquired right before the end of the 2016 season from the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league catcher Taylor Gushue. Bostick wasn’t expected to make the Pirates, but he should be a key member for Indianapolis. With a 40-man roster spot, he will be in position to make his Major League debut in 2017 if he can perform as well as he did in Double-A last year. Before being promoted to Triple-A in late June, the 23-year-old Bostick hit .290/.356/.462 for Harrisburg. He struggled with his first taste of Triple-A, posting a .559 OPS in 64 games. He spent most of his time at second base last year, but he will likely take on a utility role for Indianapolis, seeing time in the outfield and three infield spots. He hit a double in his last at-bat on Friday and finished with a .304 average and .945 OPS in 14 spring games.

Weiss had a strong finish to his first Major League spring, hitting a long home run in his last at-bat on Friday. He hit .316/.428/.546 in 12 games this spring. The 25-year-old second baseman had a solid season in Altoona last year. This year, the Pirates plan to get him more time at other positions to help his value. He has been taking infield at shortstop and third base, which was his position in college. Weiss could open at Indianapolis this year, though a crowded team might push him back to Altoona to start the season.

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I’ve been super impressed with both Bostic and Weiss. Both have limited athleticism but are flush with baseball abilities.
Who can deny the atbats these guys have had – I don’t think there is any question that both will help a MLB club someday soon.
May not be ours though, there is trade value with these two.


Eric Wood has his flaws, but he also seemed to mostly take good at bats when I saw him. And there seems to be quite a bit of pop in his bat.

If Bostick can improve his defense in the outfield and continue to hit the way he has shown he can this spring, he’ll be a useful Major League bench piece for someone, even if that’s not us.


Bostick has had a nice ST – I especially liked the 7 Walks and only 6 K’s and .467 OBP. I think he also has the capability to hit for some power. Gosselin has gotten the ink, but the 0 Walks and 6 K’s is a concern. Last year with the D’backs he was 46K/15W with very little power. That said, I think we have better talent within our own organization.

Very impressed with Wood, Weiss, and Barnes. They all seemed to have career years at AA with Kevin Riggs – is he that good of a hitting coach?

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