Ben Rowen

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Ben Rowen
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 47
Born: (1988-11-15) November 15, 1988 (age 27)
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 15, 2014, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through September 8, 2016)
Win–loss record 0–0
Earned run average 6.75
Strikeouts 9

Benjamin Ramon Rowen (born November 15, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Texas Rangers.

Professional career[edit]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Rowen was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 22nd round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of Virginia Tech.[1] He made his professional debut for the Spokane Indians that year. In 33 innings pitched he had a 1.09 earned run average and 30 strikeouts.

Pitching for the Hickory Crawdads in 2011, Rowen had a 1.98 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 59 innings. In 2012, while pitching for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Rowen was the MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Year.[2] For the season he had a 1.57 ERA, 19 saves and 52 strikeouts in 57 13 innings. In 2013 he was invited to the Rangers spring training.[3][4] He started the season with the Frisco RoughRiders. He was promoted to the Round Rock Express in July.[5][6]

Rowen was called up to the majors for the first time on June 11, 2014, and he made his major league debut on June 15, pitching a scoreless inning of relief against the Seattle Mariners. In eight appearances out of the bullpen he had a 4.15 ERA. The Rangers designated him for assignment on December 16, 2014[7] and he was released a few days later.[8]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Rowen signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on January 20, 2015, that included an invitation to spring training. The Dodgers assigned him to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, but before the minor league season started he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles (along with minor league catcher Chris O'Brien) in exchange for Ryan Webb, minor league catcher Brian Ward, and a competitive balance draft pick.[9] He opted out of his contract on July 1, 2015.[10]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

Rowen signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs on July 5, 2015. He was called up on July 29,[10] but was designated for assignment two days later without making an appearance.[11]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On August 3, 2015, Rowen was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[12] He was invited to Major League spring training, and optioned to minor league camp on March 13.[13] On August 1, Rowen was designated for assignment.[14]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Rowen was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers on August 4, 2016.[15]

Pitching style[edit]

Rowen pitches with a submarine-style delivery.[16][17] Rowen throws three pitches, a two-seam fastball, a slider and a changeup. He has been often compared to former submarine reliever Chad Bradford due to low fastball velocity. Rowen's fastball tops out between 78-82 MPH.[18]


  1. ^ "Texas Rangers draft roundup: Rounds 21-25". Texas Rangers Blog. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Rowen submarines way to MiLBY - News - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fraley: Texas Rangers 'fascinated' by submariner Ben Rowen". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Texas Rangers promote minor league relievers Ben Rowen, Lisalverto Bonilla to major league camp". Texas Rangers Blog. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Frisco RoughRiders - Frisco RoughRiders News". Frisco RoughRiders. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Baseball: Palos Verdes grad Ben Rowen working way up through minor leagues". Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Rangers Designate Scott Barnes, Ben Rowen For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Minor Moves: Lindblom, Rowen, Minicozzi". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (April 9, 2015). "Dodgers Acquire Ryan Webb". mlb trade rumors. 
  10. ^ a b Brown, Mark (July 29, 2015). "One that got away from the Orioles: Ben Rowen called up by Cubs". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ Adams, Steve (August 3, 2015). "Blue Jays Claim Ben Rowen From Cubs". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  12. ^ Buffalo Bisons (August 3, 2015). "Blue Jays claim RHP Ben Rowen, assign reliever to the Bisons". Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter". Twitter. March 13, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (August 1, 2016). "Minor MLB Transactions: 8/1/16". Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ Adams, Steve (August 4, 2016). "Brewers Claim Ben Rowen From Blue Jays". Retrieved August 4, 2016. 
  16. ^ Minor Insider: Rangers’ Triple A reliever a submarine commander
  17. ^ "Virginia Tech's submarine closer Ben Rowen sinks hitters". May 26, 2010. Retrieved April 10, 2015. 
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