New York Mets' prospect to Represent Canada at World Baseball Classic

Lastings MilledgeAnalyst IJanuary 22, 2009

When Shawn Bowman was 20 years old, he was considered one of the New York Mets' top prospects.

Bowman just had a career year for the Class A Capital City Bombers, putting up 19 home runs, 69 RBI, and 66 runs while batting .258 in 110 games as he carried his team to an 89-47 record.

The following year, Bowman couldn’t maintain his success batting .221, but he was still had pop in his bat. He bombed 17 homeruns with 53 RBI in 87 games for St. Luicie.

But by the end of the 2005 season, Bowman had chronic back pain, which ended up taking the next two and half years to remove.

As the 2008 season arrived, Bowman was not the highly-noted hitting prospect he was four years earlier. He had not been healthy in two and a half years and had a lot to prove.

With all the doubt about his health and if he still had any potential Bowman hit .340 in 26 games for St. Lucie but had lost most of his power only knocking 2 home runs and 11 rbis. He then was promoted to AA where he struggled, batting .248 with 2 home runs and 10 rbis in 29 games.

This fall, Bowman was invited to play in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. He didn’t see a lot of playing time, but Bowman made the most out of it. In 37 at bats, Shawn hit .297 with two home runs and zero strikeouts.

As the 2009 season rolls around, Bowman should start the season in AA Binghamton and hopefully end up in AAA Buffalo by season's end.

A 6-foot-2 third baseman, Shawn Bowman has some pop to go along with a decent bat. Bowman has a tendency to strike out (110 strikeouts in 87 games in 2005, 35 strikeouts in 29 games in 2008) while drawing few walks showing poor plate discipline.

He is not the same hitter he was four years ago, which makes his future less promising. He could end up being a pretty good bench player, but if he wants to make it, he needs to fix his discipline problem and stay healthy.

Bowman will also play for team Canada in the World Baseball Classic and this could be a good opportunity to show his stuff.