Rockies Bullpen Prospect Bowden Earns Spot on NL Futures Game Roster
Ben Bowden, the Rockies second-round draft choice in 2016 out of Vanderbilt, is making up for lost time. Bowden, who missed the 2017 season with a back injury, was selected to participate for the National League in the Futures Game, which is a part of the All-Star Game fesitivities in Cleveland. The game will be played July 6 at Cleveland's Progressive Field.
For the first time in 21 years of existence, the Future Games will feature an American League vs. National League format, instead of the United States vs. Foreign Players.
Bowden is the only Rockies prospect on a roster for the game. He has made a strong comeback from a shoulder and a back injury that forced him to miss the entire 2017 season. After splitting the 2018 season between Class A Asheville and Advanced A Lancaster. This season, Bowden opened at Double-A Hartford, and after converting 20 of 20 save opportunities for the Yard Goats he was promoted to Triple-a Albuquerque.
Hall of Famer Jim Thome will lead the AL Futures Team, while four-time All-Star Dennis Martinez manages the NL Futures Team.
The teams feature a combined 24 former first round draft picks (13 on AL; 11 on NL), one player picked in Competitive Balance Round A (NL), seven second round picks (1 on AL; 6 on NL), two third round picks (1 on AL; 1 on NL); two fifth round picks (AL) and two seventh round picks (AL). Among the 24 first round picks, seven were selected in the 2018 Draft, nine in the 2017 Draft and eight in the 2016 Draft.
The two squads contain a combined 15 internationally-born players representing nine different countries and territories outside the 50 United States. The Dominican Republic is represented by five players, followed by Colombia (2), Cuba (2) and Puerto Rico (2). Canada, Mexico, Panama and Venezuela are each represented by one player on the rosters.
The Minor League Baseball Umpires who will work the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game are Jose Navas (home plate) of the Southern League; Brian Walsh (first base) of the Texas League; Jonathan Parra (second base) of the Southern League; and Jacob Metz (third base) of the Eastern League.