Wingnuts Sign Bowen to Round out Spring Roster
WICHITA, Kans. - The Wichita Wingnuts added an arm with local ties on Friday, announcing the signing of former Friends University left-handed pitcher Brady Bowen.
Bowen returns to the city where he played his college baseball, having compiled a 2.70 ERA over 90 innings with Friends after starting his collegiate career at Glendale Community College. Over two seasons totaling 16 starts, the Litchfield Park, Ariz., native struck out 93 while handing out just 26 walks, racking up seven complete games in a Falcons uniform.
The 25-year old signed with the St. Louis Cardinals as an undrafted free agent following the 2015 season, making his professional debut later that year with the Gulf Coast Cardinals. Bowen transitioned to working out of the bullpen full-time while in the St. Louis organization, notching nine saves with a 3.23 for Low Class-A State College the following year. The 6'1, 160 pounder helped the Spikes to the 2016 New York-Penn League Championship, striking out the side in the ninth inning of Game Two to secure the title. While pitching with State College, Bowen was also featured on SportsCenter's "Top Ten" for a bare-handed snag of a line drive back to the mound in a game against the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on September 3.
Bowen followed up his strong 2016 campaign the following year by excelling at Class-A Peoria and High-A Palm Beach, posting a 2.89 ERA over 62.2 combined innings and recording five more saves. That performance earned him a promotion to Double-A Springfield for the final weeks of the regular season.
The southpaw started the 2018 season in Springfield, making four appearances before being released by the Cardinals organization on April 24. Bowen owns a 2-3 record and 3.72 ERA over 88 professional appearances, allowing 129 hits in 130.2 innings.
The signing of Bowen brings the number of Wingnuts players under contract for the 2018 season up to 27. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which opened on May 6.
Stay up to date on all player signings and transactions by checking on the Wingnuts roster here.
The 11th season of Wingnuts baseball and the club's pursuit of an eighth consecutive division title kicks off with a three-game home series against the Kansas City T-Bones, beginning on Friday, May 18. For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.
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