By PAUL GOTHAM
When the International League All Stars take the field Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, Rochester’s Chris Bostick will represent the Indianapolis Indians.
Earlier this week, Bostick earned a roster spot in the IL’s midsummer classic.
In his seventh professional season, Bostick will make his second appearance in a league All-Star Game having played in the New York-Penn League game in 2012 as a member of the Vermont Lake Monsters (Oakland A’s).
Hitting .324 in 80 games at the Triple-A level this season, the former member of the Aquinas Li’l Irish has 33 extra-base hits including 23 doubles and seven home runs to go with 38 RBI.
The Gates native earned his first Major League call up earlier this season when he played three games with the parent Pittsburgh Pirates.
A 2011 Aquinas grad, Bostick played on Mark Magliocco’s 2009 state championship team. Oakland selected Bostick in the 2011 MLB Draft out of high school. Bostick played the summer of 2011 in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and was named league Player of the Year. He signed in late July of that year and finished the season with Oakland’s Rookie-level team. He has since played in the Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals organizations before landing in Pittsburgh last fall.
Bostick is the second Section Five alum to earn an All Star invitation this season joining Pittsford Mendon’s Danny Mendick who played in the Class A-Advanced Carolina League game. Mendick, a former Monroe Community College Tribune, was also selected to the Class A South Atlantic League All Star game in 2016.
Bostick and Mendick are among eight former Section V athletes currently playing professional baseball at the minor league level including Ernie Clement (Brighton), Cito Culver (Irondequoit), Logan Harasta (Webster Thomas), Grant Heyman (Pittsford Sutherland), Steven Klimek and Jonathan Schwind.
A 9:05 pm first pitch is scheduled for the IL All Star game.