J.C. Boscan

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Jean Carlos Boscan

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Biographical Information[edit]

J.C. Boscan played 14 minor league seasons before he made it to the big leagues.

After being signed by scout Rolando Petit, Boscan began his professional career in 1997 with the GCL Braves in the Atlanta Braves organization, with whom he hit .202/.317/.279 in 36 games. He played for the Danville Braves in 1998, hitting .218/.362/.306 in 51 games. His 20 passed balls led the Appalachian League. He led his club with 37 walks. In 105 games with the Macon Braves in 1999, Boscan hit .226/.304/.278 with a career-high 38 RBI, as well as a career-high 40 runs scored (both career highs are as of 2010). His 798 putouts led South Atlantic League backstops. He spent 2000 with Macon as well, hitting .205/.311/.334 in 93 games. He hit a career-high nine home runs that season. He fielded .995, best of any SAL catcher.

Boscan split the 2001 season between the GCL Braves, Macon Braves and Myrtle Beach Pelicans, hitting a combined .260/.317/.380 in 61 games while missing time with a broken bone in his left hand. He split 2002 between the Pelicans, Greenville Braves and Richmond Braves, hitting a combined .220/.300/.314 in 98 games. In 2003, he hit .197/.275/.284 in 72 games split between the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Richmond Braves and Greenville Braves. He played for the Richmond Braves and Greenville Braves in 2004, hitting .246/.347/.313 in 74 games total. He was 4 for 8 in the postseason. With the Richmond Braves for all of 2005, his first full year in AAA, Boscan hit .222/.313/.292 in 72 games while splitting catching duties with Brayan Pena. He spent the winter with the Cardenales de Lara.

A free agent after nine years in the Braves chain, he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2006, he hit .197/.259/.258 in 45 games split between the Huntsville Stars and Nashville Sounds. In 2007, he was in the Cincinnati Reds organization on another one-year free agent deal, hitting .215/.377/.252 in 38 games split between the Chattanooga Lookouts and Louisville Bats. He hit .286 that winter for the Bravos de Margarita.

Boscan returned to the Braves organization in 2008, hitting .235/.334/.310 in 79 games with the Mississippi Braves, the first time since 2001 he had not seen any time at AAA. He led Southern League catchers in both fielding percentage (.997) and runners caught stealing (41.3%). He fell to .211 in the Venezuelan Winter League.

He split 2009 between the Mississippi Braves and Gwinnett Braves, hitting .259/.341/.313 in 86 games and threw out 36% of opposing base-stealers. He hit .225 that winter for the Bravos. He began the 2010 season with the Gwinnett Braves, hitting .250/.324/.368 in 66 games prior to his September 1, 2010 promotion to the major leagues. He had hit five home runs, his best total in ten years and was fielding .997. He waited a whole month to make his playing debut, as the Braves were locked in a tight race for a postseason slot. He finally got into a game on October 1, making him the last player to debut in 2010. He drew a walk and scored in his only plate appearance and played an inning behind the plate against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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