Benjamin Ramon Rowen...On Twitter: @B_Rowen...Played in Arizona Fall League following 2012 season...Pitched for Leones del Caracas in 2012-13 Venezuelan Winter League and Leones del Escogido in 2016-17 Dominican Winter League...Graduated from Palos Verdes HS (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) helping Sea Kings to Pioneer League title and the CIF Division IV championship as a senior in 2006...Pitched with sidearm delivery at Palos Verdes before switching to submarine delivery at end of high school....Began collegiate career at Los Angeles Harbor College, where he earned team MVP honors and was All-South Coast Conference First Team as a sophomore before transferring to Virginia Tech...With the Hokies, teammates included Royals RHP Jesse Hahn, Diamondbacks LHP Joe Mantiply and Angels Social and Digital Communications Manager Danny Farris...Played four years as a defenseman for Los Angeles Junior Kings hockey team...Favorite football team is Buffalo Bills...From ages 2-9, lived in East Aurora, New York...Extended family remains in Buffalo suburbs.
Was a non-roster invitee to Braves Spring Training...Did not get selected to Atlanta’s Player Pool for regular season...Elected free agency, Nov. 2.
Combined to make 40 appearances, seven starts, between Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett, going 5-3 with a 3.61 ERA (36 ER/89.2 IP), 15 walks and 65 strikeouts...Named an International League Mid-Season AllStar...Went 4-3 with a 3.62 ERA (24 ER/59.2 IP), 10 walks and 42 strikeouts in 22 games, six starts, with the Stripers prior to the break...Selected by the organization as Gwinnett's Pitcher of the Month for May (1-1, 2.78 ERA, 3 BB, 15 K in 7 G)...Went more than 1.0 inning in 23 of his 33 relief appearances.
Started the year with the Toronto Blue Jays organization...Was claimed on waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on August 4...Appeared in four games with the Brewers in September...Had a 2.45 ERA (three earned runs/11.0 innings) in 13 games with the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.
Appeared for four different clubs, including Bowie Baysox (AA), Norfolk Tides (AAA) and Iowa Cubs (AAA) before finishing the season with the Buffalo Bisons (AAA). • Posted a 1.32 ERA on the road (5ER/34.0IP)…Did not allow a run in any away games after joining the Bisons (10.2 IP) on August 5…Finished with a 4.91 ERA (4ER/7.1IP) at Coca-Cola Field. • In outings in which he pitched 2.0 innings or more posted an ERA of 0.94 ERA (3ER/28.2 IP). • Threw shutout baseball in first 12 Bisons' appearances, August 5-30 (15.0 IP, 8 H, BB, 8 SO). • Only 4 runs allowed as a Bison came in same outing, Sept. 2 s. (L, 1.1 IP, 4 H, SO). • Matched his career-high after tossing 4.0 innings on May 7 vs. Richmond.
Combined to go 6-1 with a 0.69 ERA (5 ER/65.2 IP), 13 saves, and 58 strikeouts against 17 walks over 51 relief appearances with Frisco (AA) and Round Rock (AAA)…ranked 3rd among Texas farmhands in saves…held right-handed batters to a .178 average (23-129) and left-handed hitters to a .176 average (18-102) … limited opposition to a .136 average (8-59) with RISP and stranded 25 of 33 (75.8%) of inherited runners… posted a 3.40 groundout/air out rate, 6th-highest in all of minor league baseball … compiled a 29.2-inning scoreless streak that spanned May 6 to July 14 with Frisco and Round Rock.
Did not play in the Major Leagues this season.
Spent entire season with Hickory (Low-A)…held opposing righthanded batters to a .223 average (31-139), while opposition hit .246 (55-224) overall…stranded 10 of 18 inherited runners, with batters hitting .243 (17-70) with runners in scoring position…of 26 runs allowed, 13 were unearned…did not join Crawdads until May 21 and went 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA (8 ER/16.1 IP) over first 7 games...was 5-2 with a 1.05 ERA (5 ER/42.2 IP) over next 26 appearances.
Spent first professional season with Spokane (Short-A)…held opposing right-handed batters to a .149 average (11-74), while opponents batted .155 (18-116) overall…opponents hit .207 (6-29) with runners in scoring position…earned Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Month for August, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/15.0 IP) and .065 average against (3-46) in 9 appearances…did not allow a run over final 10 outings, a span of 16.0 innings.