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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Optioned to Triple-A

    The Royals optioned Bowlan to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday.

    Bowlan will head to the minors after surrendering two runs off five hits and two walks while striking out two batters in 3.1 innings during spring training. The 27-year-old righty posted a 5.24 ERA and 1.55 WHIP across 67 frames with Omaha last season, and he will likely need to show further improvement in Triple-A before the Royals bring him back to the big-league squad.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Takes loss in debut

    Bowlan (0-1) allowed one run on three hits and struck out two without walking a batter over two innings, taking the loss Wednesday versus the Tigers.

    Bowlan got the start in his debut and logged a short appearance, but the Royals' offense was shut out in the loss. The right-hander recorded a passable 105:45 K:BB over 102 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season, but it came with a 5.91 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. Bowlan could compete for a rotation spot in 2024, but he likely needs a little more time in the minors.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Debuting Wednesday

    Bowlan will serve as the Royals' opening pitcher for Wednesday's game against the Tigers, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    Bowlan's start Wednesday will mark the first appearance of his major-league career. The 26-year-old righty was rather unspectacular in the minors this season, recording a 5.91 ERA and 1.58 WHIP through 102 innings between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. Though Rogers' report labels Bowlan as an opener, he should be able to offer more length than what's typically associated with that role, given that his most recent appearance was a six-inning start for Omaha on Sept. 16. He'll have the benefit of facing a Tigers offense that owns MLB's second-lowest team OPS (.679).

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Called up by Kansas City

    Bowlan was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday.

    Bowlan was with the Royals during major-league spring training yet was unable to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he could now have the chance to make his big-league debut. The 26-year-old had a 5.24 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 58:32 K:BB across 67 innings for Omaha in 2023.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Optioned to Double-A

    The Royals optioned Bowlan to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Friday.

    Bowlan gave up one earned run through three innings during spring training, but a 6.92 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in Double-A last season indicate the 26-year-old righty still needs time to develop in the minors.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Earns weekly honors

    Bowlan was named the Texas League Pitcher of the Week on Monday.

    Bowlan threw five scoreless innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas versus Springfield on Sunday. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out two. Bowlan's made six starts at the Double-A level since returning from Tommy John surgery, though he's struggled to a 6.48 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 18:9 K:BB over 25 innings. Sunday's outing matched his longest of the season at any level, and it may signal he's feeling more comfortable on the mound after the lengthy rehab process.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Healthy again at Double-A

    Bowlan (elbow) has given up 10 runs (eight earned) on 12 hits and three walks while striking out nine across 7.1 innings in his two starts since being activated from Double-A Northwest Arkansas' 7-day injured list July 26.

    After undergoing Tommy John surgery early last summer, the 25-year-old right-hander looks to be healthy again. He's been rusty in his first two outings since returning to action for Northwest Arkansas, and keeping the ball in the yard -- he's allowed four home runs in two starts -- has proven to be a challenge in particular. Though Bowlan is one of the Royals' better pitching prospects, he likely won't be a realistic option to join the big-league rotation until at least 2023.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Pitching in rehab games

    Bowlan (elbow) has made five starts for the Royals' Arizona Complex League team, posting a 3.60 ERA, 1.80 WHIP and 9:3 K:BB across 10 innings.

    Bowlan continues to build up from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last spring. He's about 13 months removed from the procedure, so he remains on the expected timeline. He'll likely continue to make rehab starts in Arizona and could move up to a lower-level full-season affiliate before ultimately joining Double-A Northwest Arkansas some time in the last two months of the campaign.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Throws bullpen session

    Bowlan (elbow) completed a bullpen session Tuesday, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.

    Bowlan underwent Tommy John surgery early last summer, and Tuesday's bullpen session marked his first time back on the mound. The 25-year-old still has a significant way to go in his recovery, and he should continue building up his arm in hopes of being cleared for game action during the second half of the 2022 campaign.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Protected from Rule 5 draft

    Bowlan (elbow) was added to Kansas City's 40-man roster Friday.

    While Bowlan made just four starts at Double-A last season, he seemed poised for a breakout campaign before needing Tommy John surgery in late-May/early-June. If he can make a full recovery, Bowlan could pitch in minor-league games before the end of the 2022 season.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Tommy John surgery ordered up

    The Royals announced Thursday that Bowlan is scheduled to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week.

    The procedure will likely sideline Bowlan for most, if not all, of the 2022 campaign as well. The 24-year-old right-hander is viewed as one of the top pitching prospects in the organization, and he was off to a hot start at Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season. Over his four starts spanning 17 innings, Bowlan posted a 1.59 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 25:3 K:BB.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Exits start with injury

    Bowlan was pulled from his start for Double-A Northwest Arkansas in the first inning due to an apparent injury, Northwest Arkansas play-by-play broadcaster Nicholas Badders reports.

    Bowlan struck out both of the batters he faced in his start before calling for a trainer after throwing his 10th pitch of the afternoon. Northwest Arkansas has yet to provide an update on the nature or extent of the 24-year-old right-hander's injury. Bowlan has posted a 1.59 ERA and 25:3 K:BB in 17 innings through his first four outings of the season.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Joining big-league camp

    Bowland was invited to the Royals' major-league spring training Friday.

    Bowlan has yet to pitch above High-A, so he'll probably need some more time in the minors before being seriously considered for a roster spot. He looked quite good at that level for Wilmington in 2019, posting a 2.95 ERA and a 76:13 K:BB in 76.1 innings of work.

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  • Royals' Jonathan Bowlan: Added to 60-man roster

    Bowlan was added to the Royals' 60-man roster Sunday.

    Bowlan advanced to High-A Wilmington in 2019 and logged a 2.95 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over 76.1 innings, highlighted by a no-hitter in July. He'll now get to develop among some of the organization's top prospects over the final few weeks of the 2020 season.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-6, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Arlington, TN
Age: 27
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R