Wilfredo Boscan

Position: RHP
Born: 10/26/1989
Height: 6'2
Weight: 175
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent January 9, 2015 (PIT). Originally signed as an international free agent (Venezuela) on July 10, 2006 (TEX).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 3-4 with a 2.48 ERA in seven games started at Indianapolis (Triple-A), striking out 31 while walking just four and allowing 39 hits in 40 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Indianapolis May 19 when LHP Cory Luebke was sent down and C Elias Dias was moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 5/19/2016

Debut Details
May 19, in an 8-2 win against the Braves. The last of two pitchers, he came on in the eighth in relief of starter Jeff Locke and allowed one hit over two hitless innings, striking out two. In the eighth inning, he got the first batter he faced, Nick Markakis, to line out to third, after which Freddie Freeman grounded out and Jeff Francoeur struck out swinging. In the ninth, Boscan struck Tyler Flowers out swinging before giving up his lone hit, a soft single to right by Gordon Beckham. He was left on the bases when Daniel Castro grounded out to second base and Kelly Johnson flew out to end the game. Out of 28 pitches thrown, 23 were for strikes.

Player Notes
In a week filled with some pretty awesome debut stories, that of Boscan ranks right near the top. Talk about someone who had that carrot dangled SO close SO many times, only to keep having it snatched away. Last summer, his ninth pro season, and first with the Pirates, Boscan was called up to the majors three times — three times, people! — without ever getting into a game. Already on the club’s 40-man roster, he was recalled from Indianapolis on May 16 but sent back down May 19 without getting into a game. Then he was called up again on July 12 and sent back down on July 13 without an appearance. Finally, he was called up July 19 and sent back down July 22. Still no debut. Then, to add insult to injury, he was designated for assignment on August 7 and cleared waivers August 12. Yet Boscan stuck with the Pirates and they stuck with him, as he became a minor league free agent on October 20 and re-upped with Pittsburgh on December 7, 2015. This time, when they brought him up to the big leagues for the fourth time, they made sure to get him into a game that very night and he did not disappoint. It’s been a long road for Boscan, who signed with the Texas Rangers back in 2006 as a 16-year-old out of Maracaibo, Venezuela. His journey took him through the Rangers, Padres and Red Sox systems before he signed with the Pirates. Boscan brought a fine 3.92 minor league ERA in all or parts of 10 seasons into his big league debut, working primarily but not exclusively as a starter in the minors.