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John Bowker | First Baseman

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (32) / 7/8/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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John Bowker has elected free agency.
The outfielder joined the Pirates in a midseason trade from the Giants, but failed to see any time with the big league club. He hasn't played in a major league game since 2011 and will have to settle for a minor league deal this offseason. Nov 7 - 12:09 PM

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Pirates acquired OF/1B John Bowker from the Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bowker, 31, hasn't played in the majors since 2011 and was batting .263/.304/.372 with three home runs and 12 RBI over 43 games this season with the Giants' Triple-A affiliate. He'll serve as organizational depth with Pittsburgh.
Jun 11 - 5:53 PM

Giants signed 1B/OF John Bowker to a minor league contract.

The 31-year-old has spent the past three seasons playing in Japan where he slashed .239/.294/.420 with 24 homers and 78 RBI in 239 games. He represents nothing more than organizational depth for the Giants.
Jan 24 - 2:22 PM

Phillies released OF-1B John Bowker.

Bowker is headed to Japan, where he's found a more substantial contract and a better shot at regular playing time. The 28-year-old batted .133/.188/.167 across 32 plate appearances last season for the Pirates and Phils.
Tue, Jan 10, 2012 03:40:00 PM

Phillies acquired OF-1B John Bowker from the Pirates for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Bowker will join the Phillies on Wednesday and is eligible for the postseason roster. While the 28-year-old has enjoyed plenty of success in the minor leagues, he has an underwhelming .237/.289/.390 batting line over 609 major league plate appearances. He'll audition as a lefty bench bat during the month of September.
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 10:24:00 AM

According to Jim Salisbury of, the Phillies have acquired outfielder John Bowker from the Pirates.

It's not yet clear who the Phillies will give up, but he is expected to take the place of Michael Schwimer on the active roster. Bowker, 28, owns a lousy .237/.289/.390 batting line over 609 major league plate appearances. At the very least, he'll give Charlie Manuel a lefty bat off the bench who is capable of playing first base and the outfield.
Wed, Aug 31, 2011 12:19:00 AM

Pirates sent OF John Bowker outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Bowker successfully cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. He's certainly useful depth to have around at the Triple-A level.
Wed, May 4, 2011 02:50:00 PM

Pirates designated OF John Bowker for assignment.

Bowker hit .235 with no home runs in 17 at-bats as a pinch-hitter for the Bucs. He'll be replaced on the roster by Xavier Paul, who was claimed off waivers.
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 10:16:00 PM

John Bowker homered in a second straight game Sunday as part of the Pirates' 9-4 defeat of the Red Sox.

Bowker was a spring training stud for the Giants last year, finishing with six homers and 23 RBI in 77 at-bats. However, it didn't carry over to the regular season and he was sent to Pittsburgh as part of the Javier Lopez deal. So far this spring, he's 6-for-18. There's a reasonable chance that he'd outhit Garrett Jones given the chance, but he'll be fortunate just to earn a spot on Pittsburgh's bench.
Sun, Mar 13, 2011 05:46:00 PM

John Bowker is day-to-day with left wrist soreness.

The Pirates think he will be able to resume playing in spring games soon. Bowker, 27, posted a poor .652 OPS across 151 at-bats last season and probably won't be relevant in any sort of fantasy league here in 2011. The Bucs will use him as a backup corner outfielder.
Mon, Mar 7, 2011 11:41:00 AM

John Bowker (knee) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his return to the Pirates' lineup Monday against the Cardinals.

Bowker left Saturday's game against the Astros and was held out Sunday because of soreness in his right knee. He should be fine moving forward. The outfielder is hitting .204/.260/.365 on the season.
Tue, Sep 28, 2010 07:36:00 AM

John Bowker (knee) is aiming to return to the lineup Monday.

Bowker was lifted from Saturday's game against the Astros because of soreness in his right knee. He reported feeling better on Sunday, though, and probably could have been used as a pinch-hitter. The outfielder is batting .209/.265/.373 with five homers and 17 RBI this season.
Mon, Sep 27, 2010 09:53:00 AM

John Bowker left Saturday's game with a sore right knee.

Bowker was 0-for-2 before exiting. He was replaced in right field by Alex Presley, who could draw a rare start on Sunday against the Astros.
Sat, Sep 25, 2010 08:40:00 PM

John Bowker went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in Saturday's home victory over the Diamondbacks.

Bowker is expected to see an increase in playing time now that Lastings Milledge is sidelined, and he got off to a good start Saturday. Still, the guy is batting .205 on the year and is not fantasy-relevant.
Sat, Sep 18, 2010 10:55:00 PM

Pirates recalled OF John Bowker from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Bowker was acquired from the Giants as part of the Javier Lopez trade last month. The 27-year-old outfielder has batted .313/.382/.587 with 18 home runs and 46 RBI between Triple-A Fresno (Giants) and Triple-A Indianapolis (Pirates) this season. With the ability to play first base and the outfield, he may end up being a useful bench player in Pittsburgh.
Wed, Sep 1, 2010 10:59:00 AM

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