Red Sox call up teen with killer fastball

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
17-year-old local Jack Bowins has signed a contract with baseball giants Boston Red Sox.
Camera Icon17-year-old local Jack Bowins has signed a contract with baseball giants Boston Red Sox. Credit: Supplied

A Port Hedland teenager has hit a home run after signing a contract with reigning World Series champions, Boston Red Sox.

Jack Bowins, 17, signed a pro contract, pending approval, with the club and will head to the US next year.

Red Sox scout Steve Fish first met Bowins when he was 12, and said he already had a deadly 150km/h fastball. “He’s raw, but it’s that intangible, that fastball, that really separates him, it’s the best fastball from an under-18 that I’ve seen in the country,” he said.

Fish said Bowins will start in the minor leagues, the development division made up of seven different levels.

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He said the minor leagues would help Bowins to develop his secondary pitches and gain more control and pitching presence.

The signing came after Bowins worked hard to return to form after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament last year and going through a knee reconstruction.

Fish said he checked in on Bowins six months ago to find out how he was progressing and Bowins said he would be ready by February.

Despite the injury and the long recovery process, Bowins said it has not stopped him from pursuing his goal of playing in the majors.

“When I first did it my confidence was a bit low, but after surgery, I got motivated to push harder, so I could improve and achieve my dream,” he said.

Bowins has spent the last week in the US to undergo the mandatory Major League Baseball health tests. “I’m excited and looking forward to training and competing at such a high level,” he said.

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