At this point in the season, hearing the term ‘positional flexibility’ probably induces a collective eye roll from everyone in ear shot of it being said.
For some prospects, though, it’s a vital trait to have as they move up the ladder. As the Pirates continue to stress this across all levels, there is a player in Bradenton that has been the living embodiment of that philosophy, and that along with his intriguing raw power makes him an interesting prospect.
There are only three positions that Jase Bowen hasn’t played this season: Pitcher, catcher and shortstop.
He’s played double digits games at first and second base as well as center field, and could reach that mark in the corner outfield spots by the end of the month as well.
Bowen has shown to be a capable fielder as well, only committing five errors all season, three at second, one at third, and the other in right field.
It’s something that isn’t new for him either, as he played all over the field last year as well. The only position that he didn’t play in 2021 that he has this year is first base.
What makes Bowen an intriguing prospect along with his defensive versatility is the raw power. He hit his eighth home run of the season on Tuesday, although the game won’t become officially until later as it was suspended due to weather.
Bowen hit 14 home runs last season, so he’s more than halfway there now. He’s still just 21-years-old and while repeating Single-A isn’t ideal, seeing how some of his teammates from a year ago are performing in Greensboro, it might not have been the worst thing for him.
He’ll have to cut down on some of the strikeouts, but Bowen remains an intriguing lower level prospect with plenty of raw power. He could also be the poster child for the Pirates push to have a system full of players capable of playing multiple positions.
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