P2Daily: Jase Bowen Flexing Raw Power While Mastering Positional Flexibility

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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joesolo6181

Versatility in the field is great but it might cause a player stress with the bat. I think at this level the bat is most important thing to develop. Pick a position and stick to it.

jeffw3000

I doubt Bowen will ever make it, but if he does will probably be another Josh Vanmeter. Plays lots of positions, has some pop, but not that good of a hitter. He is in his 2nd year of low A, but he is striking out at the same level as last year.

NMR

Murph really reading the room on this one. 😉

Can’t for the life of me figure why they were willing to act rationally with Bowen, yet continue to let Escotto, Head, and Herman get smoked in high-A. None of them are clearly ready for the level, which is a perfectly normal thing to expect from super young, raw bats.

mehutch

I think Escotto was bumped down to the FCL.

NMR

Interesting, I totally missed that. Has it been news on the site?

mehutch

It was buried in the FCL team preview article.

jedeweese

Yay! No more light hitting middle IFs as super utility guys, now build up the pitching depth…

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