DENVER -- Lefty Ben Bowden, a reliever with an aggressive, fastball-based approach, who recently advanced from Double-A Hartford to Triple-A Albuquerque, will represent the Rockies on July 7 in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, part of All-Star Weekend in Cleveland.
Bowden, 24, a second-round MLB Draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2016 and the Rockies’ No. 16 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, posted a 1.05 ERA in 26 appearances and converted all 20 save chances at Hartford. He has a 6.00 ERA through three Triple-A appearances.
“I’m excited for Ben to get in this game,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “I hope he shows the big arm that he has, and has a good, clean inning. What we saw in Spring Training is what we’ve heard in the regular season -- aggressive with the fastball, developing a slider and change, but he’s very confident in his ability to throw the fastball to spots and beat bats, elevate it when he needs to and get it down when he needs to. He’s doing very well.”
After making two trips to the College World Series at Vanderbilt, and earning Cape Cod League co-MVP honors in 2015, Bowden was considered a reliever with the potential to move through the Minors quickly. However, back and hamstring injuries cost him the 2017 campaign. But he has since lived up to the projections.
"I love the whole feel of the bullpen," Bowden told MiLB.com. "I like being down there with the guys. You're kind of playing the game out in your head and figuring out when you're going to pitch, what the line is going to be coming out of the bullpen. I don't really like to know when I'm going to pitch. I overthink things a little too much. [Relieving is] about trusting and letting my adrenaline take over."
MLB Network will exclusively televise and MLB.com will live stream the Futures Game on July 7 at 5 p.m. MT. Greg Amsinger, Harold Reynolds and Jim Callis will call the action, with Heidi Watney providing reporting from both dugouts. The game also will be available to SiriusXM subscribers.