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Monday, April 14, 2008

John Bowker Arrives

The Giants haven't had a player have the kind of debut weekend John Bowker had since Will Clark debuted with the Giants in the late 80's. Bowker homered in each of his first two games in the big leagues and after just 6 at-bats with the Giants he is second on the team in home runs (2) and RBI's (7). He worked the count well and even when he didn't hit the ball out of the park, he had good at bats and drove in runs when he had the chance. He's got a quick, compact power swing that reminds me a little bit of Travis Hafner's cut. It's hard to call anyone legit after two games in the bigs, but I think Bowker has certainly caught some eyes. I pointed out Bowker earlier in the spring as someone who could get a quick call up if someone gets hurt and with Dave Roberts likely shelved for the next 3 months, Bowker has himself a roster spot and a chance at legitimate playing time. Surprisingly to some, the Giants took called up Bowker over Nate Schierholtz with the open outfield spot and in his first weekend with the big club, Bowker may very well have passed Nate on the depth chart in the mind of the Giants' management.

Although it's not a terrible problem to have, the surfacing of Bowker further complicates a jammed up outfield. The team now has 2 young outfielders in Bowker and Fred Lewis who are proving they need to be played, but also two veteran guys (Aaron Rowand and Randy Winn) who are getting paid big money and are going to be tough to sit down. Then there is Rajai Davis who still has value to the team as their best defensive outfielder and best base runner. I think Bochy will somehow work a 4 man rotation in the outfield but I could definitely start seeing Randy Winn being weaved out if Bowker continues to show that power this team so desperately needs. There was also some talk this spring of Bowker being used at first base which might not be a bad idea. Rich Aurilia is having a rough start and it's not like he's a defensive strength. Whether it's at first or in the outfield, if he keeps swinging like that, they will find a spot for him.
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  • At 12:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good article. Bowker killed it in Connecticuit last season and that isn't an easy place to hit. He could be the real deal.

  • At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Great post. I hope you keep updating the regularly, because you're already on the way to being the best Giants blog out there.

  • At 2:13 AM, Anonymous giantsfan125 said…

    I'm an Aurilia fan, but I agree, he should only be starting vs. lefties. Looks like Bowker may be used at first.

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