Ricky Bowen Came Away Very Impressed

After talking to new Mississippi State head baseball coach John Cohen on the phone Monday, redshirt sophomore RHP Ricky Bowen came away very impressed.

"I talked to (Coach Cohen) yesterday," said Bowen. "I feel he's going to bring a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm to the team. He sounds like a very focused, very intense guy who knows what he wants to do, and he will do whatever it takes to get us there. I feel that is definitely a positive thing."

While he was already impressed with what he knew about Cohen, he came away even more impressed after talking to him one on one.

"I was even more impressed with him," said Bowen. "I'm not saying I wasn't already impressed with him because I was due to how he turned the program around at Kentucky. But I was even more impressed with him due to how driven he is to succeed."

Bowen was one of six current Bulldogs who were drafted by the pros in last week's draft.

"I'm really honored and blessed to have this opportunity, but I'm going to have to do what is best for me and try to do what is best for the team, too," said Bowen, who was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 38th round. "It really depends on what happens here at the Cape (Cod League) and how I do up here."

As of now, the Reds are keeping their eye on Bowen while he competes for Bourne in the Cape Cod League.

"(The Reds) have contacted me but we haven't started talking yet," said Bowen. "It's more of a draft and follow situation. They want to see if I do really well, then something good may happen. If not, we'll see what happens. It's kind of one of those type situations where it's how good you do and how much they can do (financially)."

A key component in his decision to stay or sign very well could be who the new Mississippi State pitching coach winds up being.

"(Coach Cohen) told me that he couldn't tell me yet, but that (the new pitching coach) is down to two top candidates that I will be very, very impressed with," said Bowen. "I told him the big thing with me is development. I want to get better every day and every year. He said having someone like the one he will bring in will definitely help. I told him the better I can get while in school the easier that choice is for me."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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