Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: LH Reliever Bowden Moving Quickly Toward Big Leagues

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By Jack Etkin

Forbes.com

Rockies left-handed relief prospect Ben Bowden blew a save Sunday. Because it was in the Futures Game, Bowden’s gaffe won’t mar his gaudy statistics. But it was a blow to his pride and was embarassing.

Regardless, Bowden is moving steadily toward the majors and before too long could find himself in the Rockies’ bullpen, where there is currently one left-handed reliever.

That is Jake McGee, who has a 1.35 ERA over 20 innings in 20 games but has allowed nine of 16 inherited runners to score. Chris Rusin began the season on the injured list with a mid-back strain, was ineffective in two appearances before being designated for assignment June 7 and was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque where he has a 7.36 ERA.

Mike Dunn had a 7.13 ERA in 28 games for the Rockies before being designated for assignment June 18 and released three days later. Harrison Musgrave, who was eligible to come off the 60-day injured list on Wednesday, continues on a medical rehab assignment at Albuquerque where he has a 7.11 ERA.

All of which creates a path for Bowden to reach the big leagues for the first time, if, of course, he continues to pitch well, which wasn’t the case Sunday where he entered the game in a save situation.

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