Posted by: portersprospectreport | August 31, 2008

Congratulations Michael Bowden

Just another Red Sox pitching prospect

Just another Red Sox pitching prospect


Michael Bowden was victorious in his first MLB start tonight against the Chicago White Sox.  Bowden who was called up to replace the injured Josh Beckett in the rotation pitched five solid innings surrendering two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out three.

An encouraging note was Bowden’s control as he fired 62 of 89 pitches for strikes.  Bowden’s control has been very good all season long.  One notable area of concern is the fact that of the seven hits given up by Bowden, three went for doubles and one was a triple.

Bowden’s cards have received a nice jump as a fresh contingent of Red Sox Nation has been introduced to the young hurler.  This will definitely be tempered if Bowden doesn’t get to pitch many more innings in September.  My observations on him remain the same.  He profiles as a mid-rotation innings eater in the mold of a Jeff Suppan or Joe Blanton.  With Josh Beckett slated to return on Friday, this is a spot start for Bowden, but he should get a further look from the pen or in more spot starts.



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