Monday, April 24, 2017

Hokies in the Pros Part 2

Last time in the Hokies in the Pros series I talked about a player who has rookie cards in 2017 card sets, Chad Pinder of the Oakland Athletics. This time I'm checking on Ben Rowen, who's made major league appearances with the Rangers in 2014 and the Brewers in 2016. He's now in the Mets organization in AAA Las Vegas after being in contention for a big-league bullpen spot.

He led the Hokies bullpen in 2009 and 2010 with 68 combined appearances, posting a 9-4 career record with 97 strikeouts compared to 19 walks.

The first thing you'll notice about Ben is his submarine style delivery.  He dominated in the minors during his rise to making his Rangers debut in 2014. He made eight appearances for the Rangers but pitched in several organizations since then. He's had a few tough appearances around a string of three scoreless appearances in the Pacific Coast League in 2017. Last season he was a mid-season All-Star for the Buffalo Bisons in the International League.

These are the only two cards currently in my collection for Rowen. The beckett database lists a little over 50 cards, most of those being various parallels. His only true base card, at least from what I can tell, is his 2013 Bowman Prospects card, which is the design shown in the Chrome cards above. He also has a handful of minor league team issue cards, from his 2012 Myrtle Beach Pelicans card as his earliest card, to his International League All-star card in 2016. While I don't plan to try to pick up every parallel of the 2013 Bowman card, I do plan to try to track down the minor league cards.

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