Sunday Farm Report: Bowden Makes Debut at High-A
Left-hander Ben Bowden, the Rockies second-round draft choice out of Vanderbilt in 2016, is working his way back from missing the 2017 season with injuries, and made his High-A Lancaster debut in the Jet Hawks 9-6 loss to Inland Empire Saturday.
Bowden debuted in pro ball at Asheville in 2016 and returned to the Tourists to open 2018 after missing last season because of a severe hamstring strain suffered in spring training and then a bulging disc that was the result of helping an elderly woman lift her suitcase into an overhead bin on a flight last summer.
Bowden was charged with an unearned run in his one inning on Saturday, but was part of an 11-walk effort by the Jet Hawks pitching staff when he issued a bases-loaded walk. A lefty with a power arm, Bowden was ranked the No. 20 prospect in the organization by Baseball America prior to this season. He has a legit fastball and a change, but is working on firming up his breaking pitch.
In Saturday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (22-21) won 5-1 against Reno. Michael Tauchman, who was 1-for-23 in 15 games with the Rockies to open the season, hit two homeruns and raised his average to ,408. Tauchman is 13-for-24 with six home runs and 10 RBI in his last six games. Josh Fuentes and Stephen Cardullo also homered. Scott Oberg continued to show signs of getting back on track with two scoreless innings, lowering his ERA since being sent down from the Rockies to 0.79. Yency Almonte, who has been on a limited pitch count since returning from a nerve issue that forced him out of a season-opening start, gave up one run on two hits in 4 1/3 innings.
AA Hartford (22-20) lost 5-4 to Akron, its fifth loss in the last six home games. Jack Wynkoop (2-3, 5.44) allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings. Yonathan Daza raised his average to .300 with four hits, including a double, in five at-bats.
High A Lancaster (22-21) lost 9-6 at Inland Empire, snapping a five-game winning streak. Logan Longwith was charged with only two runs despite seven walks in 3 2/3 innings. Forrest Wall raised his average to .322 with a two-run home run in a four-run seventh, and a double. Wall, who also stole his 19th base, has 20 multi-hit games out of the 40 in which he has played this season.
Low A Asheville (14-25) lost 6-2 at Rome. Casey Golden hit his 11th home run and raised his average to .338. Nick Kennedy (0-6, 7.46) allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits and three walks, striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.