2019 Bowman Draft packs
2019 Bowman Draft packs

My Bowman Draft baseball card collection: some favorite prospects

Until recently, I haven’t touched a baseball card since I was in my early teens. I was never a huge collector but always had some Nolan Ryan cards on hand. I never lost touch with the love of the game of baseball though. My mom was always my favorite to talk baseball with and believe me; if the Rangers were playing, the game was on. Unfortunately, she passed away in June of last year but because of her baseball is in my blood.

I just started collecting baseball cards again this year starting with Bowman Drafts as they are hands down the best cards for prospects in my opinion.

With the coronavirus (Covid-19) delaying the start of the baseball season, I thought it might be fun to show you my small baseball card collection. At the same time, you will see some of my favorite prospects in the Texas Rangers farm system.

My Bowman Draft card collection

Hans Crouse: Bowman Draft Auto

Hans Crouse autographed Bowman
Hans Crouse autographed Bowman

MLB prospect Rank: 7

Age: 21

Position: Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Drafted: 2nd round of the 2017 draft.

Hans Crouse is a right-handed starting pitcher and probably my favorite prospect because I love pitching and he has the potential to be a top of the rotation pitcher. Needless to say, this year was going to be a big building year to see what each of the prospects have within the system. Crouse had surgery this off-season to remove bone spurs that he had been pitching with in his right arm (throwing).

Register Pitching
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA RA9 G GS IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2019 20 -1.8 Hickory SALL A TEX 6 1 .857 4.41 5.03 19 19 87.2 86 49 43 12 19 0 76 8 0 8 367 1.198 8.8 1.2 2.0 7.8 4.00
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/8/2020.

Hans also has a delivery where he will sometimes shimmy his hips just to throw batters off and give them a different look. I have not seen him in person yet but will as soon as he gets to Frisco. 

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Leody Taveras: Bowman Draft Auto

Leody Taveras
Leody Taveras

MLB prospect rank: 3

Age: 21

Position: Center Field

Signed by the Rangers out of the Dominican Republic, on July 2, 2015

I had the pleasure of watching Leody play quite a few times in Frisco. Leody is a close 2nd as far as an absolute favorite and he really does have it all; except for power hasn’t come along. The plays that he makes in the outfield look easy with the way he runs, it’s like he glides. His speed is legit.

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
201920-3.8FriscoTLAATEX6529326432701243311182360.265.320.375.6959980240
201920-2.7Down EastCARLA+TEX662902554475742252153162.294.368.376.7459630223
2019-2020-6.7AguilasDOWLFgW291071001229300562615.290.327.320.6473220010
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/11/2020.

I’m no scout but to my eyes the only thing that needs to improve is his power. However, even without it, he could take over in center for the Rangers later this year or in 2021. Defensively he is ready.

Anderson Tejeda: Bowman Draft Auto

Anderson Tejeda autographed Bowman
Anderson Tejeda

MLB prospect rank: 8

Age: 22 in May

Position: Shortstop

Signed by the Rangers in September of 2014 from Bani, Dominican Republic

Anderson Tejeda is someone I look forward to seeing in person as well and in 2019 added switch-hitting to his arsenal.

He spent last year in Down East but only played in 43 games due to a shoulder injury. His numbers from last year are below.

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
2019 21 -1.7 Down East CARL A+ 43 181 158 22 37 10 1 4 24 9 4 17 58 .234 .315 .386 .701 61 1 3 0 3 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/11/2020.

Tejeda hit all four of his home runs batting from the left side against right-handed pitching.

Before the coronavirus shut everything down this Spring training he was batting .500/.611/.786. His OPS was 1.397. He hit 1 home run and had 6 RBI, 3 walks, 1 strikeout and a stolen base.

Cole Winn: Bowman Draft Auto

Cole Winn autographed Bowman
Cole Winn

MLB prospect rank: 4

Age: 20

Position: Right-handed Starting Pitcher

Drafted: 1st Round (15th) of the 2018 June Amateur Draft.

Winn also has the potential to be a top-of-the rotation pitcher. He is another prospect that I have not seen in person. His fastball sits between 92-94 mph and can max out at 96 according to scouting reports. He definitely has swing and miss stuff.

He spent 2019 with the Hickory Crawdads and seemed to hit a groove about the last 4 games. On 8/29/19 he pitched over 5 innings for the first time. He pitched 7 shut out innings where he allowed 5 hits while striking out 5.

Register Pitching
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev Aff W L W-L% ERA RA9 G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
2019 19 -2.8 Hickory SALL A TEX 4 4 .500 4.46 4.72 18 18 0 0 0 0 68.2 59 36 34 5 39 0 65 3 0 7 298 1.427 7.7 0.7 5.1 8.5 1.67
All Levels (1 Season)       4 4 .500 4.46 4.72 18 18 0 0 0 0 68.2 59 36 34 5 39 0 65 3 0 7 298 1.427 7.7 0.7 5.1 8.5 1.67
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 4/11/2020.

Give away notice

I’ve still got 4 packs of unopened 2019 Bowman Drafts and I’m trying to decide how I will give some of the cards away. I need ideas. The first person who follows us on Twitter and sends an idea to me that I choose will win a 2020 Gypsy Queen Texas Ranger card as I’ve got a few on the way.

Baseball will be back but until it is, stay safe out there.

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Heath
I'm married with 2 boys. I love spending time with family and I recently started collecting baseball cards again. My wife gets annoyed with my baseball addiction.