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Pirates Prospect Watch: Bowen Creeps Up AFL Leaderboards

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Pittsburgh Pirates-Tyler Samaniego

In game number ten of the Arizona Fall League, the Pittsburgh Pirates had one lone prospect represent them. Jase Bowen has now played in all ten games and is the lone prospect to do so for the Pirates on Salt River’s roster.

Unfortunately for Salt River, they fell to Surprise 7-6 and now own a record of 5-5 on the season. In addition, Bowen batted second in Thursday’s game and operated right field.

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Bowen attempted to get on base with a bunt in his first at-bat. The righty successfully moved the leadoff hitter to second base despite not reaching base.

Bowen then drew a walk in the bottom of the third inning, loading the bases. In addition, Bowen’s walk was a seven-pitch at-bat. Bowen came back from down 0-2 in the count.

During the Fall League, Bowen has shown a good eye at the plate and stayed in at-bats by fouling tough pitches off. In the bottom of the fifth, Bowen wasted little time and swung at the first pitch. He drove in Hao-Yu Lee with a single to left field.

In addition, Bowen swung at a hanging slider left in the upper third, and it went 101.4 mph off the bat with a six-degree launch angle.

Bowen has ten RBIs in as many games and is currently ranked fifth in the league. In addition, Bowen ranks 11th in OPS (.996), tenth in average (.359), second in hits (14), and 11th in slugging (.564).

Bowen smashed a 103.7 mph groundball to second base but was thrown out in the sixth. Launch angle continues to be an issue, as Bowen’s groundout was a three-degree launch angle.

In his final at-bat of the night, Bowen struck out on three pitches. He finished his night going 1-3 with a run scored, a walk, a strikeout, and an RBI.

An above average performance for the Pittsburgh Pirates prospect.

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