Colorado Rockies top ten prospects for 2020

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 23: Brendan Rodgers #7 of the Colorado Rockies in action against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 23, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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8. Ben Bowden

Minors (AA, AAA): 51.2 innings, 21 saves, 3.48 ERA, 1.181 WHiP, 24 walks, 79 strikeouts

The Colorado Rockies have struggled to build a lockdown bullpen. Ben Bowden could be a key part of one in the future.

A second round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, Bowden was considered a possible fast mover. He had a great deal of success as Vanderbilt’s closer that season, and had even started five games as the Commodores showcased their prized pitcher. He certainly appeared capable of advancing rapidly until a bulging disk in his back sidelined him for the 2017 campaign.

Healthy once again, Bowden has gotten back to showing the type of stuff that could make him a closer of the future. The lefty has had his fastball clocked in the upper 90s with excellent late movement. Bowden has a tumbling changeup that he uses well off of his fastball, giving him an excellent combination to keep hitters off balance. He has also been working on a slider, which shows the potential to be another plus pitch.

Given his pure stuff and three pitch arsenal, Bowden would be an intriguing prospect as a starter. However, he has the mentality of a closer – he goes directly after the hitter with a bulldog mentality and impressive tenacity. If his slider can continue to develop, Bowden could be an impact reliever.

Ben Bowden could be a part of the Colorado Rockies bullpen solution. It would not be a surprise to see him get a look at some point in the coming season.