JASE BOWEN, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: September 2, 2000
Height: 6′ 1″
Drafted: 11th Round, 334th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Toledo Central Catholic HS (OH)
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Bowen was a multi-sport athlete who had a commitment to Michigan State to play both baseball and football. That seemingly made him a tough guy to sign, but he said that his dream was to play in MLB, and he was scouted pretty heavily. Bowen is a fast runner with a strong arm, which gives him the tools to have a good shot to stick in center field. While the Pirates announced him as an outfielder, he also played shortstop in high school. Prep Baseball Report rated him the number 36 shortstop and the number 203 overall prep player in the draft. He hit .527 with eight homers, six triples, and 11 doubles in 2019, while also stealing 29 bases in 31 attempts. Bowen signed for $392,500, which was $267,500 above the slot amount for picks after round ten.
R: 223/301/315, 130 AB, 4 2B, 4 3B, 14 BB, 35 K, 5-7 SB
Bowen struggled at the plate in his debut. He actually started off well, with a .775 OPS in July, but slumped badly to .464 in August. He played all three outfield positions, but mostly center. His last dozen games were at second, where he played errorless ball.
The Pirates reportedly plan to try Bowen in the infield for now and may give him some time at short.
2021: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $392,500
MiLB Debut: 2019
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 5, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 11th round, 334th overall pick; signed on June 19.|