Bostick, Wilson Sign with Royals

bostick-mugFormer Mets Adam Bostick, Vance Wilson, and Bruce Chen have signed minor league deals with the Kansas City Royals, with all receiving invitations to spring training.

Both Wilson and Chen made comebacks after Tommy John surgery in 2009, with Chen pitching in 17 games for the Royals and Wilson catching in 59 games for KC’s AA affiliate.

The 26-year-old Bostick was a disappointment for most of his professional career before moving to the bullpen last year. In 39 games split between the B-Mets and Buffalo, he posted a 3.05 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and struck out 63 in 56 innings.

Unfortunately for Bostick, it was a case of “too little, too late”, as the New York Mets were stockpiled with pitching in 2009 — particularly with effective lefthanders coming out of the bullpen — and he was more or less forgotten by the powers-that-be. It would be difficult for even Sandy Koufax to make an impression in an organization that boasts names like Fossum, Takahashi, Switzer, and Misch. And with seasoned veterans such as Elmer Dessens already locked up in Buffalo’s 2010 bullpen, there simply wasn’t any room for a young, inexperienced lefty such as Bostick. Hopefully he will get an opportunity with Kansas City.

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