Las Vegas, Nevada —— Entering play on Tuesday night, New York Mets veteran right-handed pitcher Wilfredo Boscan is 4-11 with a 5.42 ERA over 21 starts for the Pacific Coast League‘s Las Vegas 51s, with 61 strikeouts against 143 hits and 28 walks over 103.0 innings pitched. I observed the 27-year-old Venezuelan in his August 6 start on the road against Oklahoma City; below is Baseball Census‘ full Wilfredo Boscan scouting report, including video.
Wilfredo Boscan Scouting Report — Video
Our video of New York Mets right-handed pitcher Wilfredo Boscan shows his game action in that August 6 start against the Oklahoma City Dodgers, where he allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts across 6.1 innings pitched:
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Wilfredo Boscan Scouting Report — Notes
A pitch-to-contact sinker arm who relies on command down in the zone, Wilfredo Boscan has had a tough year in 2017 getting hit hard in the offensively-favored Pacific Coast League. The New York Mets righty has little margin for error with his 88-91 mph fastball, which is a two-seam look with good arm-side run and considerable sink when it’s down in the zone. Boscan couples it with a 73-74 mph curveball that, like the fastball, has far better life and consistency when it’s at the knees and he can get on top and release the pitch out front. Boscan also infrequently throws an 80-81 mph changeup that, at least in his Sunday night start, functioned more as a show-me pitch against lefties than anything he could use consistently to get outs. That overall profile doesn’t leave much by way of deception, and Boscan must live at the knees if he’s to have any sort of success considering his below-average velocity and lack of consistent bite on the curve.
The Venezuelan righty throws across his body some, which aids his hard-sinking fastball, and even for as average as his stuff is, he can sequence hitters pretty well and understands how to set up at-bats—he’s just inconsistent in executing that set-up. His control profile is very good, but his command isn’t consistent enough right now—and it’s command he needs if he’s to have any sustained success. One particular command strength, though, is an ability to spot the fastball glove-side. That’s a tool for Boscan against lefties, specifically in his ability to throw fastballs that start in off the plate and creep back to the corner. Beyond that, anything up in the zone flattens out and will get hit hard, and both his fastball and curveball find themselves too above the knees far too often for the righty to see consistent success.
All that said, Wilfredo Boscan deserves a lot of credit for this August 6 start, arguably his best of the season. He allowed back-to-back home runs in the first inning and looked for a moment like his day might go sideways, but Boscan fought back, helped himself defensively, and kept the ball down in the zone over the next five-plus scoreless frames to leave the game with the lead (unfortunately, he ended up with a no-decision; Boscan has only won one start since early June).
His ability to settle in is a testament to the New York Mets righty’s veteran experience after eleven years in pro ball, and while that’s commendable, it’s also about the best day you’ll see from Boscan moving forward. It’s highly unlikely he gets another big league shot in anything more than an emergency call-up role due to unforeseen injuries or something like that. He’ll be 28 years old before the 2018 season, and after suffering through a less-than-ideal summer here, Boscan’s best days in baseball may yet be behind him. Nevertheless, he reached the big leagues for the first time in 2016 with the Pittsburgh Pirates—and earned his first big league win in six games there—and no one will ever be able to take that accomplishment away.
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