Princeton Baseball In The Pros - Bowman Scores First MLB Win - 6/10/16
PRINCETON, N.J. – Former Princeton baseball player Matt Bowman won his first Major League Baseball game on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds.
Bowman struck out the only batter he faced, Zack Cosart, in the fifth inning. For the season, the reliever is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 18 games.
Princeton has had four players, Chris Young ’02 (Kansas City Royals), Matt Bowman (St. Louis Cardinals), David Hale ’11 (Colorado Rockies) and Ross Ohlendorf ’05 (Cincinnati Reds) reach the majors this year.
This weekly blog will keep tabs on any former Princeton players in the big leagues and in the minor league system.
Here’s how the rest of former Tigers have fared so far:
Chris Young ’02 – Kansas City Royals (MLB) – Young was activated off the disabled list and made a start for the Royals on Sunday against the Cleveland Indians. He struck out five hitters in 4 2/3 innings.
Ross Ohlendorf ’05 – Cincinnati Reds (MLB) – Ohlendorf has not allowed a run in seven of his last nine outings and has posted a 2.00 ERA during that stretch. The former Tiger scored his fourth win of the season last weekend vs. the Washington Nationals.
David Hale ’11 – Norfolk Tides (AAA) – Hale pitched into the sixth inning vs. the Pawtucket Red Sox on Sunday, striking out four hitters. In the start before, the Tiger pitched against another Princeton alum, Will Venable, and struck him out.
Will Venable – Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) – Venable had a RBI single in the Iron Pigs’ 2-1 loss to the Gwinnett Braves yesterday. He has recorded a hit in seven of his last 10 games.
Tyler Servais ’15 - Servais is the most recent Princeton Tiger to be drafted as he was selected in the 27th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He played in 15 games at the professional level last season for the Gulf Coast and Connecticut Tigers.
Alec Keller – Potomac Nationals (A+) – Earlier in the week, Keller was named a Carolina League All-Star. The outfielder is sixth in the league in RBI (37) and is tied for ninth in hitting (.293). He will represent the Carolina League against the California League at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore, CA on Tuesday, June 21st.
Mike Fagan – Beloit Snappers (A) – Fagan has played in seven games for the Snappers and has struck out seven hitters in 6 2/3 innings.
Mike Ford – Tampa Bay Yankees (A+) - Ford is currently on the 60-day disabled list. In his ten games prior to an injury, Ford secured a .371/.439/.571 slash line with 14 RBI.
Danny Barnes - New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA) – Barnes has thrown in 19 games for Fisher Cats and has given up just three earned runs. The reliever sits with a 11.67 strikeout-to-walk ratio and has allowed just 4.6 hits per nine innings, the best ratios of his career. Barnes has recorded at least 10 strikeouts per nine innings pitched in each of his seven seasons.
Barnes’ Baseball Reference Page
Jack Murphy – Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA) – For the year, Murphy has two home runs, seven RBI and four doubles. He has also walked 13 times including once on Tuesday, leading to a run.