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Michael Bowden

27-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent

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Signed with Seibu Lions in December, 2013....

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 215   DOB: 9/9/1986   BORN: Winfield, IL   COLLEGE: None      Show ContractHide Contract

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Michael Bowden Contract Information:

Signed with Boston in March 2012.

September 6, 2013  –  Michael Bowden News

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Michael Bowden Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2006 19 A A 1 1 0 5.0 9 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 9.00 2.00
2006 19 A A 0 24 0 107.2 91 42 9 118 31 9 6 0 3.51 1.14
2007 20 A Lan 8 8 0 46.0 35 7 1 46 8 2 0 0 1.37 0.93
2007 20 AA POR 19 19 0 96.7 105 46 9 82 33 8 6 0 4.28 1.43
2008 21 AA POR 19 19 0 104.3 72 27 5 101 24 9 4 0 2.33 0.92
2008 21 AAA PAW 7 6 0 40.0 40 15 5 29 5 0 3 0 3.38 1.13
2008 21 MAJ BOS 1 1 0 5.0 7 2 0 3 1 1 0 0 3.60 1.60
2009 22 AAA PAW 24 24 0 126.3 106 44 11 88 47 4 6 0 3.13 1.21
2009 22 MAJ BOS 8 1 0 16.0 23 17 3 12 6 1 1 0 9.56 1.81
2010 23 AAA Paw 31 16 0 105.2 84 43 13 77 37 6 4 1 0 0 3.66 1.15
2010 23 MAJ BOS 14 0 0 15.3 20 8 2 13 4 0 1 0 0 0 4.70 1.57
2011 24 AAA Paw 41 0 0 52.2 43 16 5 61 18 3 3 16 0 0 2.73 1.17
2011 24 MAJ BOS 14 0 0 20.0 19 9 3 17 11 0 0 0 0 0 4.05 1.50
2012 25 AAA Iow 23 0 0 32.2 19 10 2 35 17 3 2 2 0 0 2.76 1.12
2012 25 MAJ BOS 2 0 0 3.0 2 1 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.00 1.00
2012 25 MAJ CHC 30 0 0 36.7 30 12 4 29 16 0 0 0 1 2 2.95 1.25
2012  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ BOS/CHC 32 0 0 39.7 32 13 5 32 17 0 0 0 1 2 2.95 1.24
2013 26 AAA Iow 13 0 0 18.2 14 5 1 28 3 0 0 2 0 0 2.41 0.93
2013 26 MAJ CHC 34 0 0 37.7 32 18 3 23 15 1 3 0 2 0 4.30 1.25
3-Year Averages MAJ   26 0 0 32.4 27 13 3 24 14 0 1 0 1 0 3.61 1.26
Career  (View All) MAJ   103 2 0 133.7 133 67 16 100 54 3 5 0 4.51 1.40

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Michael Bowden Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201375101014400.233
20126513911102.212
201134538001.258

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20138313518513.243
201210019821603.233
20115612811102.229

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201321.012013802.141.00
201220.7000161022.611.16
201114.700013723.071.64

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201316.701010737.021.56
201219.000016733.321.32
20115.30004416.751.13
Michael Bowden Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2006 19 A A 1 1 5.0 5.40 1.80 3.00 0.00 50% 9.00 2.60 .448
2006 19 A A 0 24 107.2 9.91 2.60 3.81 0.76 70.8% 3.51 3.01 .308
2007 20 A Lan 8 8 46.0 9.00 1.57 5.75 0.20 85.7% 1.37 2.00 .289
2007 20 AA POR 19 19 96.7 7.63 3.07 2.48 0.84 71.3% 4.28 3.86 .335
2008 21 AA POR 19 19 104.3 8.71 2.07 4.21 0.43 75.8% 2.33 2.58 .257
2008 21 AAA PAW 7 6 40.0 6.53 1.13 5.80 1.13 75% 3.38 3.75 .295
2008 21 MAJ BOS 1 1 5.0 5.40 1.80 3.00 0.00 0.22 75% 91.7 MPH 3.60 2.62 .387
2009 22 AAA PAW 24 24 126.3 6.27 3.35 1.87 0.78 76.8% 3.13 4.08 .262
2009 22 MAJ BOS 8 1 16.0 6.75 3.38 2.00 1.69 0.96 46.2% 91.9 MPH 9.56 5.30 .377
2010 23 AAA Paw 31 16 105.2 6.59 3.17 2.08 1.11 72.2% 3.66 4.45 .244
2010 23 MAJ BOS 14 0 15.3 7.63 2.35 3.25 1.17 0.56 72.7% 91.7 MPH 4.70 3.98 .373
2011 24 AAA Paw 41 0 52.2 10.52 3.10 3.39 0.86 80.4% 2.73 3.20 .306
2011 24 MAJ BOS 14 0 20.0 7.65 4.95 1.55 1.35 0.60 77.8% 92.8 MPH 4.05 5.10 .289
2012 25 AAA Iow 23 0 32.2 9.78 4.75 2.06 0.56 76.5% 2.76 3.42 .234
2012 25 MAJ BOS 2 0 3.0 9.00 3.00 3.00 3.00 1.33 100% 91.3 MPH 3.00 6.53 .155
2012 25 MAJ CHC 30 0 36.7 7.12 3.93 1.81 0.98 0.83 81% 91.3 MPH 2.95 4.43 .259
2012  (Multiple Teams) 25 MAJ BOS/CHC 32 0 39.7 7.26 3.86 1.88 1.13 0.86 81.8% 91.3 MPH 2.95 4.55 .253
2013 26 AAA Iow 13 0 18.2 13.85 1.48 9.33 0.49 75% 2.41 1.33 .358
2013 26 MAJ CHC 34 0 37.7 5.50 3.58 1.53 0.72 0.76 65.9% 90.7 MPH 4.30 4.45 .258
3-Year Averages MAJ   26 0 32.4 6.66 3.88 1.71 0.83 73.7% 3.61 4.22 .262
Career MAJ   103 2 133.7 6.73 3.64 1.85 1.08 70.2% 4.51 4.51 .297

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Michael Bowden (by OPS against, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Yasiel Puig LA 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 3.000 4.000
Carlos Ruiz PHI 4 4 2 3 1 0 0 1.000 2.750 3.750
John McDonald ANA 3 2 2 5 0 1 0 .667 2.667 3.333
Ian Kinsler DET 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Lyle Overbay MIL 3 3 0 2 0 0 0 1.000 1.333 2.333
John Buck SEA 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Mike Napoli BOS 3 1 1 2 1 1 0 .333 1.333 1.833
Alexei Ramirez CHI-A 3 2 0 1 1 0 0 .667 1.000 1.750
Melky Cabrera TOR 3 2 0 2 0 1 0 .667 1.000 1.667
Clint Barmes PIT 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .500 1.000 1.667

Best Matchups for Michael Bowden (by OPS against, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Matt Dominguez HOU 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jimmy Rollins PHI 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Devin Mesoraco CIN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Brian Bogusevic MIA 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Cody Asche PHI 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeff Bianchi MIL 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Mike Leake CIN 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Hanigan TB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
David Murphy CLE 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Khris Davis MIL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000

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Michael Bowden: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Cubs designated Bowden for assignment Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Bowden took the loss Thursday when the Nationals manufactured a run in the 13th inning.

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Bowden's contract was purchased from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Bowden was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Bowden will be designated for assignment Sunday, the Daily Herald reports.

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Bowden pitched two scoreless innings in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies, improving his ERA to 3.78 and WHIP to 1.14.

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After working a perfect 12th inning, Bowden ran out of steam in the 13th, allowing three runs and taking his first loss of the season.

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Bowden gave up a run on two hits in Saturday's loss to San Francisco.

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Bowden appears to have secured a spot on the Cubs' Opening Day roster, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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Bowden threw two innings in a split-squad victory over Kansas City on Saturday.

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Bowden is starting games for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League, the Chicago Tribune's Phil Rogers reports.

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The Cubs purchased Bowden's contract from Triple-A Iowa on Monday, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

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2013

The former Red Sox prospect was re-acquired by Theo Epstein in the Marlon Byrd blockbuster, and Bowden pitched passably at Triple-A and the majors, though an excessive walk rate continues to be a problem. Bowden had success as a reliever at Triple-A with the Red Sox, so it's possible he'll find a role in the bullpen with the Cubs in 2013 should he harness his control in the majors.

2012

Bowden made the complete transformation to relief in 2011, pitching the entire season out of the bullpen for Triple-A Pawtucket or in Boston. While effective for Pawtucket, both as a starter and as a reliever in his career, Bowden has not been able translate that success to the majors. He was a starter prospect to begin his professional career, but lacking a true out pitch, Bowden's present and future appears to be that of a bullpen guy. Depending on how the depth chart shakes out, Bowden could emerge from spring training with a roster spot in Boston.

2011

Bowden did little to re-write the book on him in 2010. He continued to be an effective pitcher at Triple-A, but doesn't possess a real out pitch. His status as a top starter in the organization further waned as Felix Doubront moved past him. Bowden was converted to a reliever and, other than a couple of appearances against Toronto, pitched well for Boston in that role. He pitched as a reliever in the Venezuelan Winter League as the Red Sox feel he can be valuable as a middle reliever for them in 2011. He'll have to earn that role, however, and there's always the chance that he will be included in a deal to a team that will use him as a starter.

2010

Bowden got a small taste of the major leagues, getting into eight games for Boston last season. And though it's a small sample size, he was hit hard to the tune of 23 hits, 17 runs, a 9.56 ERA and a 1.813 WHIP in 16 innings. He was once valued as highly as Clay Buchholz, Daniel Bard and Justin Masterson, but projects to be more of a No. 3 starter in the eyes of the organization. As a contact pitcher who pitches around the zone, Bowden needs to develop a strikeout pitch against advanced hitters if he's going to reclaim an elite prospect status. Still, he has a good body of work at the higher minor-league levels and is working on his slider as a strikeout pitch. The Red Sox may be willing to listen when his name comes up in trade talks, so if he's going to pitch in the majors full time in 2010, it will likely be with another organization.

2009

Bowden made a successful transition from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket, while getting a taste of Boston along the way. He became more consistent after an adjustment to a more compact delivery, throwing a curve, a two-seam and four-seam fastball and a circle change that clocks in the low 80s. He credits his change in mechanics for his excellent command of the strike zone (4.48:1 K:BB). He'll begin 2009 at Triple-A Pawtucket, but could get some emergency starts at Boston. If the organization leaves Justin Masterson in a setup role, figure Bowden and Clay Buchholz to compete for the fifth starter job or get a crack in the rotation should injuries occur.

2008

At 20, Bowden was promoted to Double-A Portland in May, after abusing California League hitters (1.37 ERA, 46:8 K:BB). His command and location are top notch, but he found it a bit tougher up a level where the hitters are more patient and can lay off his fastball. Bowden's still a youngster and has more developing to do, but he's right below Clay Buchholz as a pitching prospect in the organization. He'll start the year in Double-A Portland. The Red Sox like to give their prospects a taste of the major leagues, so don't be surprised if Bowden gets a midseason call.

2007

Bowden, 20, pitched well in his first full-season of minor league ball for Single-A Greenville, posting a 3.51 ERA and a 118:31 K:BB rate in 107 2/3 IP. Baseball America ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in the organization. He has an above-average fastball that tops out at 95, and throws a curve, changeup and slider. His delivery is kind of funky, but tests at Dr. James Andrews’ biomechanics lab in Alabama showed no additional stress on his arm, so no tinkering is necessary.