The Reds have picked up a pitcher from one of their division foes on Friday. Matt Bowman has reportedly been claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, thus ending his tenure in St. Louis.
The 27-year-old was selected by the Cardinals in the Rule 5 draft back in 2015 and made his debut the following year. He pitched out of the bullpen for three seasons and owns a career 4.10 ERA.
#Reds announce they claimed RHP Matt Bowman off waivers from Cardinals. Austin Brice (Angels) and Brandon Dixon (Tigers) were claimed by other teams on waivers. Dilson Herrera and Mason Williams cleared waivers, sent to AAA.— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) November 2, 2018
After two decent seasons with the Cardinals, injuries derailed Bowman's 2018 campaign. He landed on the DL twice and struggled on the mound. He was eventually optioned to the minors in July.
Two weeks later, Bowman was recalled back to the big leagues, but was never able to get things going. He ended the season with a 6.26 ERA in over 23 innings pitched.
Thank god the Matt Bowman experiment is over https://t.co/Tn76Bs0QJe— Restitutor Orbis (@MasonHG93) November 2, 2018
While his final year in St. Louis was disappointing, Bowman is still young enough to get his career back on track. He had shown promise in his first two years with the Cardinals and could be an important part of the Reds' rebuild going forward.
Cincinnati's new manager David Bell was a coach on the Cardinals' staff for the past few seasons and is therefore familiar