Shawn Bowman- #63
25 years old
6'2" 190 pounds
Just added to 40 man roster this off-season
Bats R/Throws R
The Good: Very good defensively. OBP .346 and Slug % .458 last year in AA, and 9 HRs in 379 at bats. Played for Team Canada in the WBC last year. Used to be a big time prospect when he was drafted in 2002 and was viewed as the 3rd baseman of the future, but that has not panned out just yet.
The bad: Chronic back injuries (spinal surgery) limited him to just 93 games from 2006 to 2008. Struck out 29.1% of his at bats last year, 5th worst in the Eastern League (hat tip Amazin Avenue Annual).
Projected Role: With D Wright firmly entrenched at 3B, S Bowman needs to improve his contact rate and stay healthy in Buffalo in order to showcase his skills as a potential trade option.
So the catchers and infielders scouting reports are now complete; check the blog archives on the side panal for those you may have missed. I will try to get through the outfielders by mid-week, and then address the pitchers. At that point, I will go back and give scouting reports on guys that are not on the 40-man roster, but are still noteworthy and have a chance to make the team.