Height/Weight: 6’2”, 205 lbs
Acquired: 12th Rd 2002
Born: 12/9/84 (New Westminster, BC)
Why Ranked Here: Finally healthy after missing the better part of the previous two and a half seasons with a chronic back problem, Bowman showed that he still possessed significant tools. Bowman has soft hands and a strong arm at third to go along with average range. At the plate, he has average power and some batspeed, but a longish swing that pitchers in AA found ways to exploit. Understandably, Bowman was more interested in staying healthy in 2008 than in making major mechanical adjustments. Whether he both stays healthy and adapts in 2009 will determine whether he has a big league career or not.
2008: Shawn Bowman announced his return to health with a 3-5 performance in Jupiter for St. Lucie on June 17th. Bowman raked his way through the FSL for a month and a half before a late July promotion to Binghamton. While tearing the cover off the ball in St. Lucie, Bowman was very aggressive, drawing just four walks, an approach that would be exposed as too simple in AA. Once again as a B-Met, Bowman got off to a quick start, going 2-4 with a homer in his AA debut that sparked an eight-game hitting streak. However, in his last 84 AB in AA, Bowman hit a paltry .214/.209/.333 with no walks. Bowman was hitting well again in the Arizona Fall League before heading home to be with his ailing father.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Bowman can play third and has some pop. While the Mets are well stocked at the position, Bowman might have a chance to start for some other team or slot in as a reserve bench bat who can man both corner infield spots.
On the Flipside: None of Bowman’s virtues will come to bear unless he adopts a much more disciplined approach at the plate. Walking eight times in 247 AB in 2008 is simply not going to cut it. Bowman will be 24 on Opening Day 2009 so he must learn to make adjustments quickly from here on out.
Projected 2009 Start: AA Binghamton