Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Checking in on Hitters in the Arizona Fall League

How are Pirate position player prospects performing in the AFL thus far?
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First Baseman/Outfielder Jase Bowen

So far this season, Jase Bowen has been one of the best hitters for the Salt River Rafters. This comes after Bowen flashed his power during the regular season hitting 23 home runs with the High-A Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Through his first 72 plate appearances in the AFL, Bowen is hitting for a .359/.423/.625 slash line. He has hit 3 home runs, 4 doubles, and two triples to go with a 6:17 BB:K ratio. Bowen has driven in 15 runs and stolen a pair of bases.

Bowen has also brought some defensive flexibility to the Rafters. He has played first base, as well as both left and right field. He has also served as the team's designated hitter to get his bat in the lineup on days he gets off from being in the field.

Looking ahead to 2024, Bowen will start the season with the Double-A Altoona Curve. Bowen struggled in them, but he did get 33 PAs with Altoona late in the season. Seeing Bowen bounce back from that with a strong showing the AFL will only raise the excitement around Bowen entering 2024.