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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
10 103 133.7 3 5 0 4.51 -0.3
Birth Date9-9-1986
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age33 years, 0 months, 7 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2008 BOS MLB 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 7 1 3 0 113 12.6 1.8 0.0 5.4 0% .389 1.60 2.55 3.60 140 8.49 181.0 -0.2
2009 BOS MLB 8 1 16.0 1 1 0 23 6 12 3 117 12.9 3.4 1.7 6.8 0% .370 1.81 5.19 9.56 115 5.82 124.7 -0.1
2010 BOS MLB 14 0 15.3 0 1 0 20 4 13 2 113 11.7 2.3 1.2 7.6 0% .383 1.57 3.83 4.70 99 3.75 84.7 0.2
2011 BOS MLB 14 0 20.0 0 0 0 19 11 17 3 112 8.6 5.0 1.4 7.7 0% .271 1.50 4.96 4.05 118 4.62 107.3 0.0
2012 BOS 0 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 110 6.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 0% .167 1.00 6.37 3.00 135 7.95 182.2 -0.1
2012 CHN 0 30 0 36.7 0 0 0 30 16 29 4 103 7.4 3.9 1.0 7.1 0% .250 1.25 4.36 2.95 110 5.07 116.3 -0.1
2013 CHN MLB 34 0 37.7 1 3 0 32 15 23 3 106 7.6 3.6 0.7 5.5 0% .254 1.25 4.26 4.30 115 4.73 113.3 -0.1
2012 TOT MLB 32 0 39.7 0 0 0 32 17 32 5 104 7.3 3.9 1.1 7.3 0% .000 1.24 4.51 2.95 112 5.29 121.3 -0.2
CareerMLB1032133.735013354100161099.03.61.16.735%.2921.404.444.511135.04115.4-0.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2006 GRN A SAL 24 24 107.2 9 6 0 91 31 118 9 7.6 2.6 0.8 9.9 0% .290 1.14 3.12 3.53 0 0.00 0.0
2006 WIL A+ CRL 1 1 5.1 0 0 0 9 1 3 0 97 15.9 1.8 0.0 5.3 0% .429 1.96 2.58 8.82 90 3.98 83.6
2007 LNC A+ CLF 8 8 46.0 2 0 0 35 8 46 1 119 6.8 1.6 0.2 9.0 0% .281 0.93 2.58 1.37 66 2.08 42.7
2007 PME AA EAS 19 19 96.7 8 6 0 105 33 82 9 102 9.8 3.1 0.8 7.6 0% .331 1.43 3.91 4.28 95 5.40 110.8
2008 BOS MLB AL 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 7 1 3 0 113 12.6 1.8 0.0 5.4 0% .389 1.60 2.55 3.60 140 8.49 181.0
2008 PME AA EAS 19 19 104.3 9 4 0 72 24 101 5 100 6.2 2.1 0.4 8.7 0% .245 0.92 2.59 2.33 74 2.76 56.5
2008 PAW AAA INT 7 6 40.0 0 3 0 40 5 29 5 88 9.0 1.1 1.1 6.5 0% .287 1.13 3.86 3.38 97 4.43 90.6
2009 BOS MLB AL 8 1 16.0 1 1 0 23 6 12 3 117 12.9 3.4 1.7 6.8 0% .370 1.81 5.19 9.56 115 5.82 124.7
2009 PAW AAA INT 24 24 126.3 4 6 0 106 47 88 11 102 7.6 3.3 0.8 6.3 0% .257 1.21 4.02 3.14 103 3.75 78.8
2010 BOS MLB AL 14 0 15.3 0 1 0 20 4 13 2 113 11.7 2.3 1.2 7.6 0% .383 1.57 3.83 4.70 99 3.75 84.7
2010 PAW AAA INT 31 16 105.7 6 4 1 84 37 77 13 94 7.2 3.2 1.1 6.6 0% .238 1.14 4.53 3.66 0 0.00 0.0
2011 BOS MLB AL 14 0 20.0 0 0 0 19 11 17 3 112 8.6 5.0 1.4 7.7 0% .271 1.50 4.96 4.05 118 4.62 107.3
2011 PAW AAA INT 41 0 52.7 3 3 16 43 18 61 5 7.3 3.1 0.9 10.4 0% .284 1.16 3.23 2.73 85 3.20 65.4
2012 BOS MLB AL 2 0 3.0 0 0 0 2 1 3 1 110 6.0 3.0 3.0 9.0 0% .167 1.00 6.37 3.00 135 7.95 182.2
2012 CHN MLB NL 30 0 36.7 0 0 0 30 16 29 4 103 7.4 3.9 1.0 7.1 0% .250 1.25 4.36 2.95 110 5.07 116.3
2012 IOW AAA PCL 23 0 32.7 3 2 2 19 17 35 2 5.2 4.7 0.6 9.6 0% .215 1.10 3.87 2.76 89 2.24 46.7
2012 AGU Wnt DWL 7 7 32.3 3 3 0 33 12 17 3 9.2 3.3 0.8 4.7 0% .283 1.39 4.40 3.62 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CHN MLB NL 34 0 37.7 1 3 0 32 15 23 3 106 7.6 3.6 0.7 5.5 0% .254 1.25 4.26 4.30 115 4.73 113.3
2013 IOW AAA PCL 13 0 18.7 0 0 2 14 3 28 1 6.8 1.4 0.5 13.5 0% .310 0.91 1.74 2.41 55 2.07 45.1
2015 NOR AAA INT 24 9 75.3 7 2 0 60 20 52 4 97 7.2 2.4 0.5 6.2 0% .251 1.06 3.33 1.91 89 4.41 96.8
2015 ROC AAA INT 8 8 47.7 4 3 0 50 11 47 2 96 9.4 2.1 0.4 8.9 0% .340 1.28 2.60 3.78 91 4.96 108.8
2019 TUL AA TEX 4 4 17.7 1 1 0 26 3 15 7 105 13.2 1.5 3.6 7.6 17% .358 1.64 7.41 8.15 141 7.63 157.1
2019 OKL AAA PCL 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 104 3.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 29% .143 0.33 1.79 0.00 85 3.34 68.7
2019 PUE AAA MEX 1 1 3.0 0 0 0 5 2 1 2 15.0 6.0 6.0 3.0 0% .273 2.33 14.10 9.00 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 89 0.4944 0.5169 0.8043 0.6818 0.3556 0.8667 0.6875 0.1957
2009 291 0.4536 0.3952 0.8000 0.6136 0.2138 0.8519 0.6765 0.2000
2010 263 0.4525 0.4715 0.7823 0.6639 0.3125 0.8228 0.7111 0.2177
2011 375 0.4667 0.4427 0.8614 0.6571 0.2550 0.8870 0.8039 0.1386
2012 643 0.4806 0.4681 0.7641 0.6796 0.2725 0.8333 0.6044 0.2359
2013 598 0.4632 0.4816 0.7569 0.6968 0.2960 0.8083 0.6526 0.2431
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2009-07-08 2009-07-19 Minors 11 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -
2008-07-10 2008-07-20 Minors 10 0 Right Lower Leg Strain Calf -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 BAL $
2013 CHN $509,500
2012 CHN $484,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$993,500
2 yrTotal$993,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 30 dTurner Gary Sports1 year (2015)

Details
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 12/23/14 (minor-league contract). Acquired by Baltimore in trade from Cincinnati 4/3/15.
  • 2014: Seibu of Japan.
  • 1 year/$0.5095M (2013). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/13. DFA by Chicago Cubs 5/21/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/29/13. Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 7/11/13. DFA by Chicago Cubs 9/4/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/6/13. Elected free agency 10/13.
  • 1 year/$0.484M (2012). Re-signed by Boston 3/9/12. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade 4/21/12 after being DFA by Boston 4/15/12. DFA by Chicago Cubs 6/1/12. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/4/12. Contract purchased by Chicago Cubs 8/13/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Boston 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by Boston 3/8/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Boston 3/10/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Boston 8/30/08.
  • Drafted by Boston 2005 (1s-47) (Waubonsie Valley HS, Ill.). $0.73M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 The former Boston first-rounder couldn’t keep a spot in one of the league’s worst bullpens last summer, as the Cubs twice designated Bowden for assignment—the second time to make room for a 37-year-old Korean sidewinder on the rebuilding club’s September roster. If that’s not the definition of discouraging, it’s at least a wordy synonym. Bowden has subpar velocity and forgettable secondary stuff, and doesn’t miss bats or get groundouts, making him a likely fixture in Triple-A bullpens for the foreseeable future.
2013 When Bowden was drafted, his most promising attribute was his curveball. Now the curve is gone and so is most of Bowden's promise. He's moved into a relief role and had some success, but not enough to stick with the Red Sox, who let him go to free up roster space. A low BABIP in 2012 masked unimpressive peripherals, which doesn't give much hope for Bowden to flourish in his new role.
2012 Bowden scrapped the curveball that once made him a top prospect, but which had grown flat and easy to mash. He replaced it with a cutter, and knowing he would be relieving exclusively in 2011, dominated Triple-A in his new full-time bullpen gig. As many have learned before him, though, Triple-A is not the majors, and though he kept the hits per nine under double-digits for the first time, he also allowed too many homers and walks. Bowden might still turn into a bullpen piece and have a career, but with Boston's crowded bullpen and 40-man, it might not be with them.
2011 The strikeouts Bowden lost in his 2008 Triple-A debut seem gone forever, and as an extreme fly-ball pitcher lacking a true out pitch, his viability as a starter is debatable. If you squint, the 23-year-old right-hander seems salvageable as a reliever: a 7.6 K/9 with Boston is encouraging and a step up from his previous stints, but given the low quality of his stuff—his curve, once a plus pitch, is now slow and flat—and the fact he's hit been hard in the majors (.377 BABIP in 36 1/3 innings), you have to wonder if he's a few homers away from buying a condo in Rhode Island.
2010 A solid right-handed starter who, prior to September, was twice brought up for bullpen depth during series against the Yankees then tanked his second major league start at the end of September, Bowden will likely return to Triple-A in April, again hoping that a rotation spot opens up. He’s not much more than a back-end starter who throws strikes—having lost some break on his curve last year, he's increasingly pitched to contact at the upper levels. He’s good insurance to have on hand, but he’s unlikely to become a fixture in the Boston rotation.
2009 The 2005 first-round pick was dominant at Double-A Portland, holding opposing batters to a .191 average and keeping his walk rate down near two per nine innings. He was not quite as impressive after his promotion to Pawtucket, suffering a steep drop in his strikeout rate and corresponding rise in home runs allowed. On the other hand, his walk rate improved from "stingy" to "downright penurious," and he wasn't embarrassed in his sole major league start. He needs to improve his changeup further to better complement his low-90s heat and sharp curve, but 2008 was a step in the right direction.
2008 For the first six weeks of last season, Michael Bowden was the one pitcher known to man who could actually succeed in the pinball-machine atmosphere of Lancaster. From there, he went to Double-A, where he wasn't nearly as good. The mitigating factor is that Bowden was among the youngest starters in the Eastern League. There is still some work to be done, particularly on his changeup and his anything-but-ideal mechanics, but he's a future rotation piece.
2007 A highly-touted high schooler, Bowden`s impressive arsenal includes a curve considered one of the best of the 2005 prep class. His unorthodox delivery generated concern--`He takes a long time to short-arm the ball,` says one observer--but analysis at the American Sports Medicine Institute concluded that he`s not unduly taxing his arm. After a limited debut in the Gulf Coast League in 2005, Bowden skipped to Low-A Greenville, where he was the team`s youngest player. He justified the move, pitching nearly as well as fellow 2005 supplemental first rounder Clay Buchholz, who`s two years his senior. Definitely one to watch.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)No love for Clay Bucholtz in that future Sawx rotation? What's a guy gotta do?
(strupp from Madison)
Oh, duh. I knew I was forgetting someone obvious. Sorry Michael Bowden, but Clay showed up late and he wants his seat back. (Marc Normandin)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Would a Michael Bowden for J.J. Hardy deal work?
(Dr. Wayne Pitcher from Castro Valley, CA)
It very well might, but if I were the Brewers, I'd ask for something extra. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you believe John Smoltz will be a front of the rotation add for the Red Sox?
(Jim from Portland)
Front of rotation? No. Useful? Maybe. Better than Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden? I don't understand that part of it. Look, I liked the plan of a three-headed rotation slot with Penny, Smoltz and Buchholz expected to throw 220 innings in some combination. It all went right - all three are effective, but why stick with it when there's suddenly a surplus? I have to think they'll trade Penny, though Buchholz's antics are starting to wear thin and he could bring a bigger return. (Will Carroll)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Where can we expect Michael Bowden to rate next year in the top 100?
(Josh from outside Providence)
I haven't thought much about an overall top 100 of later, but my gut tells me in the first quarter of it. (Kevin Goldstein)


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