Bowden Francis

Bowden Francis (born April 22, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.

Bowden Francis
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 59
Pitcher
Born: (1996-04-22) April 22, 1996 (age 26)
Tallahassee, Florida
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 27, 2022, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through April 27, 2022)
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average0.00
Strikeouts1
Teams

High school and collegeEdit

Francis was born on April 22, 1996 in Tallahassee, Florida. He attended Chipola College in Marianna, Florida, and was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the seventh round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

Francis made his professional debut with the Arizona League Brewers, pitching to a 8.10 earned run average (ERA) in four games.[2] Francis split the 2018 season between the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Advanced-A Carolina Mudcats, posting a 7–10 win–loss record, 4.50 ERA, and 106 strikeouts in 128 innings pitched.[2] The following season, Francis split the year between Carolina and the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, and posted an 8–9 record, 3.97 ERA, and 165 strikeouts in 14223 innings of work.[2] Francis did not play in a game in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic's cancellation of the minor league season.[3] Francis began the 2021 season with Biloxi before being promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds at the end of May. In 11 games between the two levels, Francis logged a 7–3 record and 3.62 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 5923 innings pitched.[2]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On July 6, 2021, Francis was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Trevor Richards in exchange for Rowdy Tellez.[4] He was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and remained with the team for the rest of the minor league season. In 73 innings for the Bisons, Francis went 6–4 with a 4.19 ERA and 71 strikeouts.[2] He was added to the 40-man roster following the season on November 19, 2021.[5]

On April 25, 2022, Francis was called up by the Blue Jays.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Francis’s younger brother, Harrison, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former Chiles pitcher Bowden Francis quietly enjoying success in the Brewers organization".
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bowden Francis Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  3. ^ "2020 Minor League Season Canceled".
  4. ^ TSN ca Staff (2021-07-06). "Toronto Blue Jays Rowdy Tellez Milwaukee Brewers Trevor Richard - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved 2021-07-06.
  5. ^ "Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Protected from Rule 5 draft".
  6. ^ "Blue Jays' Bowden Francis: Earns first career call-up". cbssports.com. April 25, 2022. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  7. ^ "Harrison Francis Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved March 9, 2022.

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