The Giants acquired left-hander Ben Bowden from the Rays, as revealed by Triple-A Durham supervisor Brady Williams (hat tip to Durham broadcaster Patrick Kinas). There isn’t any phrase but on what the Rays Bowden makes his return to the NL West, after spending the vast majority of his skilled profession within the Rockies group.
Colorado drafted Bowden forty fifth total in 2016, and whereas his growth was slowed by two missed seasons (2017 resulting from damage, and naturally 2020 as a result of canceled minor league marketing campaign), the southpaw finally reached the majors in 2021. Bowden posted a 6.56 ERA over 35 2/3 innings out of the Rockies’ bullpen, with a 23.7% strikeout charge and a mediocre 11.9% stroll charge.
Management issues have been a problem for Bowden for a lot of his profession, with an 11.56% stroll charge to point out for 168 2/3 innings within the minor leagues. Nevertheless, he has additionally recorded loads of strikeouts, and has a strong 3.42 ERA to point out for his time on the farm. The 2022 season may act as a microcosm of Bowden’s inconsistency — he posted an 8.22 ERA in 7 2/3 frames with the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate, earlier than delivering a 2.45 ERA for Triple-A Durham after being claimed by the Rays in April.
Even inside that enchancment with the Bulls, Bowden nonetheless has an ungainly 14.4% stroll charge. Tampa Bay designated the lefty for task in Could after which outrighted him off their 40-man roster, so San Francisco and the 28 different groups all opted to go on Bowden throughout that stint on the DFA wire.
Bowden has proven sufficient potential that it’s straightforward to know why the Giants (a membership with a confirmed knack for creating pitchers) would have curiosity, particularly for the reason that 27-year-old is already an enormous league-ready arm. With Jose Alvarez on the 60-day injured listing till September, Bowden provides the Giants one other left-handed depth possibility for his or her bullpen at both the MLB or Triple-A stage.