Pitcher, Chad Bowen

The Mets selected Chad Bowen with their 8th round pick in the June 2000 free agent draft. Bowen attended Gallatin High School in Tennessee. Gallatin High is a stone's throw from the Mets rookie league entry at Kingsport, Tennessee where he spent his rookie professional season performing.

Bowen had an injury plagued sophomore professional season suffering from minor arm ailments in 2001 that limited him to only 9 IPs. Bowen broke in the an excellent season with Kingsport where he was named the 14th prospect in the Appalachian League by coaches and manages in BaseballAmerica's league prospect poll. Bowen's performance was based upon good control of 4 slightly above-average pitches for an 18-year old.

Year

Team

W-L

IP

Hits

BB

K

ERA

2001

Brooklyn

1-2

9

14

3

11

4.82

2000

Kingsport

7-1

63

59

23

41

3.00


* Stats as of 10/31/01

Repertoire. fastball (FB), curve ball (CB), slider (SL) and change up (CU).

Fastball. Bowens FB sits in the 88-89 mph range with solid movement. At 6'4", 205 lbs. Bowen has a lot of projection and it's too early to tell where his fastball will eventually sit.

Other pitches: Bowen's repetoire includes CB, SL and CU none of which were major league ready in 2000. Bowen has work to do to improve all of his pitches.

Pitching: Bowen has excellent control and understands how to mix his repetoire. He also has excellent poise.

Projection: Bowen projects to be a #4 or #5 SP, but could slide up if he adds velocity to his FB and improve his secondary pitches.

ETA: N/A. Bowen was not invited to the Mets' Florida Instructional League following the 2001 season. A strong indication that Bowen will not be rushed and will repeat Brooklyn after participating in extended Spring Training camp.

Right-Handed Starting Pitchers Team
Jason Roach AA - Binghamton Mets
Joseph Cole A - Capital City Bombers
Orlando Roman A - Capital City Bombers
Rafael Lopez A - Capital City Bombers
Miguel Pinango R - Kingsport Mets
David Mattox R - Kingsport Mets
Kevin Deaton R - Kingsport Mets
Maikel De Leon R - DSL Mets


COMMENTS


1. The Mets have few end of the #4 or #5 starters in their system. Rafael Lopez is the most advanced of the end of the rotation starters in the Mets farm system.

2. After Lopez, Joseph Cole is the best of the rest. Cole has a solid fastball/curve ball mix. Bowen may eventual surpass both Lopez and Cole depending upon how he develops. Other right-handed, end of the rotation types might include Kevin Deaton and Jason Scobie. Orlando Roman are more likely to be converted to the bullpen. It's too early to project Miguel Pinango, and David Mattox.

3. Maikel De Leon participated with the Florida Instructional League team. Finishing his 3 rd season with the DSL Mets, he is no longer able to participate with the DSL team. De Leon who just turned 20 in October 2001 had a dominant season with the DSL Mets. De Leon posted a 8-0 record with an ERA of 0.80 in 94 IP. He allowed 51 hits, issued 9 BB and struck out 88. He only threw 1 wild pitch, while hitting 4 batters. At 6'3", 152 lbs., he has some filling out to do.



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