Place of Birth: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Teams: New York Mets, Cardinals
Matt Bowman was born on May 31, 1991 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The right handed pitcher went to St. Albans high school in Washington, DC. He later went on to play in the Ivy division with Princeton University. Bowman pitched for 3 years at Princeton until he was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2012 draft. He spent 3 seasons in the minor leagues with the Mets before he was drafted in the rule 5 drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. Bowman had an impressive Spring Training with the Cardinals where they decided to keep him on their 25 man roster.
As a Player
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Statistics: Rookie (N/A)
Matt Bowman comes out of pen throwing hard. Bowman prefers his fastball throwing it 80% of the time. He primarily throws his 2-seam fastball but also features a 4-seam fastball to throw hitters off. Bowman features a slider with late break that he can throw in the upper 80s. The little speed difference between his fastball and his slider is very deceptive for hitters for they can’t tell if the pitch will be straight or if it will move. At only the age of 24, Bowman has tons of upside. He is starting to develop his changeup though he doesn’t use it much out of the pen. Bowman can be used as an emergency starter or as a long reliever in the 2016 season.