Michael Bowden (baseball)

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Michael Bowden
MG 6989 Michael Bowden.jpg
Bowden with the Chicago Cubs in 2012
High Point Rockers
Born: (1986-09-09) September 9, 1986 (age 32)
Winfield, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: August 30, 2008, for the Boston Red Sox
KBO: April 6, 2016, for the Doosan Bears
MLB statistics
(through 2013 season)
Win–loss record3–5
Earned run average4.51
KBO statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record21–12
Earned run average4.07

Michael Matthew Bowden (born September 9, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He previously played for the Doosan Bears in the KBO League. He attended high school at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 1st round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.[1]


Boston Red Sox[edit]

Bowden began his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in 2005, and advanced to the Greenville Drive the following season, also playing one game with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Bowden pitching for the Boston Red Sox in 2008

Bowden began the 2008 season with the Sea Dogs and was promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, on July 18, 2008.[2] He got the decision in a five-inning start, giving up seven hits and two runs in an 8-2 win.[3] On April 26, 2009, Bowden was called up to bolster the bullpen after a night where the Red Sox bullpen got overworked.[4] He later worked two perfect innings against the New York Yankees.

Bowden was recalled July 18, 2010 after spending the season in Pawtucket. After three relief appearances, he was optioned back five days later to make room for Josh Beckett, who was coming off the disabled list. On August 14, 2010, Bowden was once again recalled, and then optioned back on August 28 to make room for Hideki Okajima.

In 2011, Bowden began the season with Pawtucket, for whom he pitched in 14 games with a 1.59 ERA. He was recalled to the Red Sox on May 17 when Daisuke Matsuzaka was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow injury.[5] Bowden was recalled on August 27, to replace Scott Atchison.[6] On April 15, 2012 Bowden was designated for assignment.

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On April 21, 2012, Bowden was traded to the Chicago Cubs along with a player to be named later for Marlon Byrd. On April 14, he along with Edwin Jackson broke the record for most wild pitches in an inning, with 5. He was designated for assignment on May 21, 2013. He returned to the Cubs when his contract was selected on July 11, 2013. He was designated for assignment again on September 4, 2013 and became a free agent on October 1.[7]

Saitama Seibu Lions[edit]

Bowden signed a contract with the Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball for the 2014 season.[8] He developed a split-finger fastball while playing for the Seibu Lions. [9]

Bowden, during his tenure with the Norfolk Tides, at 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On December 24, 2014, Bowden signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds. On December 29, 2014 he was assigned to AAA Louisville Bats.[10]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

On April 4, 2015 he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles. He was assigned to AAA Norfolk Tides.[11]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

Bowden signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins on July 25, 2015. He elected free agency on November 6.[12]

Doosan Bears[edit]

Bowden signed a one-year contract worth $650,000 with the Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization in November 2015. On June 30, 2016, Bowden pitched a complete game no-hitter against the NC Dinos.[13] On December 12, 2016, Bowden re-signed his contract worth $1.1 mil with the Bears for the 2017 season.[14] On November 25, 2017, Bowden announced that he would not be returning to the Bears for the 2018 season.[15]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

On March 4, 2019, Bowden signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He made one start for the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers and four starts for the AA Tulsa Drillers, with a 6.97 ERA[16] before he was released on June 3.[17]

Pericos de Puebla[edit]

On June 29, 2019, Bowden signed with the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League. He was released on July 3, 2019.

High Point Rockers[edit]

On July 13, 2019, Bowden signed with the High Point Rockers of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.


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  2. ^ Michael Silverman (2008-08-30). Boston Herald https://archive.is/20090506030648/http://www.pawtuckettimes.com/content/view/39274/81/. Archived from Michael Bowden joins PawSox the original Check |url= value (help) on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2008-08-30. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Ian Browne (August 30, 2011). "Pedroia leaving Red mark on Sox". MLB.com. Retrieved 2008-10-01.
  4. ^ "Bowden called up to bolster bullpen". news.soxprospects.com.
  5. ^ Dice-K to join Lackey on 15-day disabled list MLB.com, May 17, 2011
  6. ^ Evan Drellich (August 27, 2011). "Atchison demoted; Bowden joins Sox's bullpen". MLB.com. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Pacific Coast League Transactions - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com.
  8. ^ Polishuk, Mark (December 19, 2013). "Minor Moves: Seibu, Below, Maier, McCutchen". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
  9. ^ http://www.27outsbaseball.com/mlb/michael-bowden-japan-tenure-helping-plans-for-mlb-return/
  10. ^ Polishuk, Mark (December 24, 2014). "Minor Moves: Mijares, Bowden, Runzler". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 25, 2014.
  11. ^ "Orioles Acquire Michael Bowden". MLB Trade Rumors.
  12. ^ "International League Transactions". milb.com. p. November 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "Ex-major league pitcher tosses no-hitter in S. Korea". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. June 30, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  14. ^ "Baseball champions re-signs American pitcher". english.yonhapnews.co.kr. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ "Twitter: Bowden will not return to Doosan Bears for 2018 season".
  16. ^ "Michael Bowden Minor, Winter and Korean League Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Minami, Craig (June 4, 2019). "Peters drives in one in Tulsa win". SB Nation. Retrieved June 4, 2019.

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