Scouting Mets Prospect #46: Matt Bowman

Bowman is a superb strike-thrower

The New York Mets selected right-handed pitcher Matthew Bowman in the 13th round of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Princeton University. A reliever with four pitches last season, he brings a nice combination of stuff and long-term role flexibility to the organization.

Vital Statistics
Name: Matt Bowman
DOB: May 31, 1991
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 175
Throws: Right
Bats: Right

Fastball: Bowman has an above average big league fastball that sits in the 92-94 mph range and he has great control over it. A superb strike-thrower, the command of his fastball went from average to above average in one short season in Brooklyn last year.

Other Pitches: Despite being used as a reliever last season, Bowman has three average secondary pitches, including a slider, curveball, and changeup. The curveball in particular flashes plus potential, sitting in the 77-79 mph range, and serves as his best out-pitch right now. Just like his fastball though, he can consistently throw his secondary pitches for strikes.

Pitching: Bowman's game is about mixing up his pitches, throwing strikes, and pitching ahead in counts with regularity. He works with a very quick tempo and because of his ability to throw any pitch for strikes the combination doesn't allow batters to get too comfortable at the plate. While the stuff is solid, it's his high makeup and his extremely coachable nature -- he picks up things very quickly -- that brings his game together.

Projection: The plan for now is to transition Bowman into the starting role where he will have an opportunity to get more work in. While he certainly has the four-pitch mix and great control to potentially fill in as a back-end big league starting pitchers someday, his smaller frame and power fastball are probably better suited for a reliever role long-term, possibly as a setup type. Think former Met Scott Strickland ceiling-wise if the breaking pitches come along further.

ETA: 2015. Bowman will open up in the Savannah rotation in 2013 where he could follow a similar path to Tyler Pill and potentially see some action later in the year in St. Lucie if he pitches as well as expected. If he gets moved back to the bullpen down the road -- which this ETA is based on -- after he gets his work in, he could begin to move quickly.

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