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Stowell Is Blazing A Path To Big Leagues

Stowell Is Blazing A Path To Big Leagues
July 18, 2010
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Bryce StowellTriple-A Columbus right-handed reliever Bryce Stowell was drafted by the Cleveland Indians just two years ago in the 22nd round of the 2008 Draft out of UC-Irvine.  He was a draft eligible sophomore and 21 years old, so he had the option of returning to college for another year or two, but the Indians pried him out of college with a $725,000 bonus.

Right now, that is looking like money well spent.

This season Stowell is in the midst of a breakout campaign where he is dominating at every level.  He began the season at High-A Kinston and in 11 appearances was 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA.  In 25.1 innings he held opposing hitters to a .186 average and had 41 strikeouts.  He was quickly promoted to Double-A Akron in mid-May and he took off from there.  In 14 appearances with Akron he went 1-0 with 7 saves and a 0.00 ERA.  In 22.1 innings he held opposing batters to a .192 average and had 33 strikeouts.

Stowell, 23, was just recently promoted to Columbus and in three appearances there has pitched five shutout innings and allowed just two hits, three walks and has seven strikeouts.  Overall this year he has amassed some very impressive numbers as in 28 appearances he is 2-0 with 7 saves and a 0.68 ERA.  In 52.2 innings he has allowed just 33 hits, 22 walks, and has 81 strikeouts.  Opposing hitters are batting just .183 against him, and he has a 1.04 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9, and 13.1 K/9.

Things are much different so far this year for Stowell as compared to the season he had last year.  Last season he battled bicep tendonitis for the first two months of the season and he just never seemed to get on track and had a so-so season statistically where he split time in the bullpen and starting rotation.  In 22 combined appearances between Low-A Lake County and Kinston he went 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA and in 70.0 innings opposing batters hit .255 off him and he had 77 strikeouts.

Stowell used his unspectacular showing last year as motivation to come into this year and have the best season possible.

"To be honest with you it was the first time I really got injured before in my career [last season], and I really did not feel 100% right off the bat,

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