The Kansas City T-Bones announced today that the club has signed right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick and that he will start game two of a doubleheader tonight against the Texas AirHogs in Texas.
The club has also traded outfielder Tyler Marincov to the Winnipeg Goldeyes for a player to be named later.
Akeem Bostick comes to Kansas City from the Houston Astros organization where the right-hander went 4-5 with a 7.28 ERA in 80.1 innings with 73 strike outs, issuing 42 walks in 21 games with the AAA Round Rock Express in the Pacific Coast League. Bostick was released from the Houston Astros AAA affiliate on Aug. 9, 2019.
Bostick was selected in the second round by the Texas Rangers in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft. He was a two-sport athlete in West Florence High School in Florence, South Carolina, playing football and baseball. In baseball he stood out with a record of 10-0 an ERA of 0.60 as a starting pitcher and was ranked 86th in the nation according to Perfect Game scouting reports.
Before being drafted by the Rangers, Bostick committed to play baseball and football for Georgia Southern, but he decided to decommit to pursue professional baseball. His first two seasons with the Rangers were spent with the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League before being traded to the Houston Astros for catcher Carlos Corporan.
Bostick reached class AAA Round Rock Express with the Houston system, but his best full-season was with the AA Corpus Christi Hooks in 2018. In Corpus Christi he recorded a 3.48 ERA, averaged 1.8 runs a game, and 4.6 punchouts a game. His best stat line was when Bostick started for the Quad Cities Bandits in the Midwest League, putting up a 1.50 ERA with ten total runs in 49 innings to close off the 2015 season.
During his tenure with the Astros organization, Bostick played with Alex Bregman, Yuli Gurriel, Sioux City’s Dexture McCall, and current T-Bone Christian Correa.
In the winter of 2017-2018 he played with Cañeros de Los Mochis of the Mexican Pacific League, pitching in 39 games and only 42 innings pitched. He sported a 4.07 ERA at 47 strikeouts while in the MPL for one season.
In the winter of 2018-2019 Bostick went down to Venezuela to play with Caribes de Anzoátegui in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, ending the season with a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings pitched and averaged about seven strikeouts per game.
Tyler Marincov, a native of Orlando, Florida, spent 19 games with the T-Bones and has been on a hot streak. After going 0-for-5 on August 3rd, the right-handed batting outfielder has raised his average 39 points and just recently went 5-for-11 in the T-Bones three-game sweep of first place Cleburne. For the season Marincov is hitting .236 with three home runs and 11 RBI for Kansas City.
Marincov was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 8th round of the 2013 MLB draft and went on to spend the next six seasons with the Athletics organization.
He was a standout hitter at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. In 2012 he hit .332 as a sophomore, and in 2013 he hit .331 in as a junior prior to his selection by Oakland.
During his minor league career, he hit .254 in 631 games while spending two years in the Mexican and Dominican Winter Leagues, playing for the Gigantes del Cibao of the Dominican League in 2016-2017 and the Bravos de Margarita of the Mexican League in 2017-2018.
After finishing the 2018 season with the Midland RockHounds, he signed with the Guerreros de Oxcana of the Mexican League in April of 2019. He played there for 19 days before going on to sign with the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League. He hit .250 for the Rockers in 42 games before being released on July 18. Kansas City signed Marincov on July 21.
Kansas City is currently riding an eight-game winning streak and have fought their way back into the post season race.
The T-Bones trail first place Cleburne by three and a half games and second place Sioux City by a game and a half for the wild card playoff spot. The T-Bones begin a three-game series with the Texas AirHogs at 5:00 p.m. today with game one of a double header. The game is on the T-Bones Broadcast Network, http://mixlr.com/t-bones-baseball/.
Tickets to all T-Bones home games are on sale online or by calling 913-328-5618 or by visiting the Saint Luke’s Box Office between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group ticket sales are also on sale.
- Story from T-Bones