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Below Deck: Bostick using versatility to forge path to major leagues

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Chris Bostick is batting .292 this season for Indianapolis. - ADAM PINTAR / INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS

Chris Bostick thought his future in baseball would be at second base, but he has learned that the road to the major leagues does not always go as planned.

Stuck behind two middle infielders on the Nationals' organizational depth chart, Bostick was told to start getting acclimated to both corner outfield spots late last season.

Adapting was not overwhelming. Bostick had already been traded twice, and was struggling on offense. He fared well in six games in left field, but the short audition was not enough for him to maintain his spot on the 40-man roster. He was designated for assignment last September and acquired by the Pirates — an organization that values versatility — eight days later.

Now, Bostick is batting .290 in 80 games for Triple-A Indianapolis this season, proving to be capable of playing both corner outfield spots and possibly forging a path to the major leagues.

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