Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2007 Dark Horse Shawn Bowman?

Mets' Bowman slugs away in Nicaragua
Bowman's 5 HR and 15 RBI pace all of Nicaragua. By Bryan Hoch Inside Pitch MagazinePosted Dec 12, 2006

Mets prospect Shawn Bowman has been among the standouts in Nicaragua this winter, leading the league in home runs and RBI to earn Player of the Month honors for November.

Bowman, a 22-year-old third baseman, has powered the offense for Tigres de Chinandega, serving as the club's cleanup hitter. Entering play Tuesday, Bowman was batting .342 (26-for-76) with five homers, six doubles, 13 runs scored and 15 RBI. In addition to pacing the circuit in home runs and RBI, Bowman ranked fifth in the Nicaraguan League in batting average, fourth in hits and third in runs scored.

Considered the top third base prospect in the Mets system, Bowman was a 12th round selection in 2002 out of high school in Canada. He was sidelined in 2006 while playing with Class-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League due to a fractured L-5 vertebrate in his back, the second consecutive year Bowman suffered such an injury.

In 32 games for St. Lucie, Bowman batted .252 with three home runs and 19 RBI. He briefly considered having surgery to repair the back but eventually settled upon a rehabilitation program, which was carried out at the Mets' Tradition Field training complex.
He is expected to vie for a promotion to Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League during spring training, though a return to St. Lucie is possible.

Bowman's Chinandega club also features four other Mets farmhands: Ambiorix Concepcion (.241, 4 HR, 6 RBI), Caleb Stewart (.324, 3 HR, 10 RBI), Wilson Batista (.345, 2 HR, 12 RBI) and Chuck Smith (1-2, 5.82 ERA in 21 2/3 IP).

Thanks to Gerald Hernandez of the Nicaraguan Winter League for his assistance.


MPH's take: I remember hearing, as early as 2005, that Shawn Bowman would eventually move David Wright to first base. Well, in the last 2 seasons, Bowman's broken his back, twice, in the exact same place. Who knows if he's got the range he had 2 years ago? Obviously, by the numbers he's putting up this winter, he can rake. He could very well end the season in New Orleans, he'll most likely start in St. Lucie, though as the article says, Binghamton's not out of the realm of possibility. He's still only 22/23, so he'll be right on track as a prospect if he heads north. My personal take is, the Mets will keep Mike Carp as their first baseman of the future, keep Darkwing David Wright at third, and use Bowman, along with some other non top tier prospects (think Vargas, Bostick, Devaney, Soler, Harper, Evans, etc...) to bring in a veteran at the deadline.

However, David really really likes Bowman. One thing David is good at that I'm not is spotting diamonds in the rough, before they break out. He called Michael Devaney's breakout when he had a 5+ era in St. Lucie, and Carp when he was hitting .260 in St. Lucie.


  1. Hey You dont think Bowman Can play 2B.. if he plays third im sure if they switch him now he can play 2nd