November 10, 1974 |
|July 24, 1999, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 21, 2008, for the Colorado Rockies|
|Earned run average||6.16|
He was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 8th round in 1993. His MLB debut was July 24, 1999, and, although a starter for most of his career up until this point, made three relief appearances, and then was traded to the Chicago Cubs, along with Ruben Quevedo and a minor league player to be named later (Joey Nation), for Terry Mulholland and José Hernández. He made 11 starts for the Cubs, compiling an ERA of 9.96. After spending the following year in the minors as a starter, he signed with the Oakland Athletics and was converted to a relief pitcher. After the 2003 season, he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks to a minor league contract, but underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2004 season. In December 2004, he was signed by the Washington Nationals to a minor league contract.
Bowie pitched well in relief for the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate New Orleans Zephyrs, and in July was called up to the majors. He was effective as a set-up man in 15 relief appearances, posting an ERA of 1.37 before going on the disabled list and eventually missing the rest of the season.
In 2007, he was re-signed by the Nationals and started the season as a regular set-up reliever. By mid-May he had appeared in 20 games with an ERA of 3.71, but then was pressed into service as a starter, after four of five Nationals starters went on the disabled list. On May 20, Bowie made his first Major League start since 1999, pitching 3-1/3 innings allowing two runs in a no decision. By June 17, Bowie had proved himself to be the Nationals' most consistent starter, going 4-0 with a 3.82 ERA in six starts. However, he was placed on the disabled list on July 2 with a hip injury.
Bowie was outrighted to the minor leagues on October 17, 2007. He refused the assignment and became a free agent.
On December 21, 2007, the Colorado Rockies signed Bowie to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He made the team's opening day roster as a member of the bullpen. Bowie was outrighted to the minor leagues by the Rockies on June 26, but refused his assignment and became a free agent.