Thanks to a rash of ineffectiveness, Colorado finished the 2020 campaign without a southpaw in the bullpen. The Rockies may start the 2021 season in the same pattern, but don’t expect that to last.
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Bowden, a left-handed reliever who was a second-round pick of the Rockies in 2016, has seemingly been knocking on the door of his big league debut for some time now. However, injuries have kept that from becoming a reality.
But Bowden’s third career spring training with the Rockies could finally prove that the third time is indeed the charm. Entering 2021’s camp healthy, Bowden has impressed in the spring, posting a 1.69 ERA and 0.94 WHIP while opponents are hitting just .158 against him. Heading into Saturday’s action, Bowden was struck out eight in 5.1 innings of work while allowing just three hits. Those numbers include striking out the side in his one frame of action against San Francisco on St. Patrick’s Day.
Bowden finally seems to have the statistics and health stars aligning, pointing toward a big-league debut sooner than later.