Brian Bowles (baseball) Wikipedia
Brian Christopher Bowles (born August 18, 1976) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher, born in Harbor City, California. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 50th round of the 1994 amateur draft. Bowles signed on to play minor league baseball in the Blue Jays organization. He batted and threw right-handed during his baseball career.
Bowles made his Major League debut for the Blue Jays at age 24. That year, he went on to record an era of 0.00 in 3.7 innings. In 2002, Bowles had an earned run average of 4.05 in 20 innings, going 2-1. In 2003, Bowles recorded a 2.57 era in 7.0 innings. On October 15, 2003, Bowles was granted free agency. Less than two months later, Bowles signed with the Milwaukee Brewers. After failing to make the Major League roster in 2004, Bowles was released by the Brewers on July 8. On July 21, he signed with the Colorado Rockies. Bowles, however, became unhappy in the Rockies system. On October 15, 2004, Bowles was again granted free agency. On March 6, 2005, Bowles was signed by Chicago White Sox. After failing to make the roster, Bowles was released on March 30, only 24 days after he was signed. After not playing in 2005, Bowles was signed on March 4, 2006 by the Baltimore Orioles. After the season, Bowles was granted free agency. On November 13, 2006, Bowles was signed by the San Francisco Giants. He did not, however, play a game as Giant. After playing the 2007 season for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, Bowles retired. Bowles now is a pitching coach and teacher for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.
At the time of his retirement Bowles had a 2-1 record, a 3.23 ERA, 17 walks, and 25 strikeouts. His lifetime fielding percentage was .800.
Bowles threw a 91 MPH four-seam fastball, an 89-90 MPH two-seam fastball in addition to an 84-86 MPH slider,and an 80-84 MPH forkball. Bowles' fastballs were his best pitches.