We continue the countdown today at number 77 with Coastal Carolina’s Daniel Bowman. He is a 6’1 220 pound outfielder from Bridgewater Virginia and attended Turner Ashby High School as he was a four year letterwinner. In his senior campaign, he hit .510 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI as he was named First Team All-State as well as the District, Area and Region Player of the Year. He hit .491 with eight home runs and 35 runs-batted-in his junior season as he helped the Knights to a second-straight state championship in 2007.He also was named to All-State, All-Region and All-District First teams.
In 2009, he continued his baseball career as a freshman at Coastal Carolina as he appeared in 61 games (59 starts). He finished the season fourth on the team with a .333 batting average while hitting 14 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs and 54 RBI as he broke the Coastal Carolina freshman home run record. He was named a Freshman All-American by Louisville Slugger and a member of the All-Big South Second Team. He spent the summer of 2009 in the Valley Baseball League with the Luray Wranglers. He finished the summer appearing in 43 games hitting .298 with eight homers and 34 RBI while stealing 13 bases in 15 attempts. Baseball America named him the top prospect in the league after the summer.
Bowman went into a sophomore slump in 2010 as he appeared in 65 games while hitting .279 with 15 homers and 63 RBI. He was also able to steal eight bases in eleven attempts on the bases. He spent the summer of 2010 in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Bourne Braves. He played in 35 games hitting at a disappointing .202 batting average but did end up hitting five homers and driving in 19 runs. His biggest problem was his high strikeout rate as he had 29 K’s with five walks in only 119 at-bats. He was selected to the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game as he went 1-2 with a double. He also participated in the HR Derby at the event hitting six homers out in the opening round before tiring for the finals. (Live Blog|Recap). Frankie Pilere of Fanhouse.com recently named him the 87th best prospect for the 2011 MLB Draft. (Link). We have included a video from the Cape Cod Baseball League below.
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