Jonathan Bowlan, a right-handed pitcher, was the Royals’ second round pick out of Memphis last year. Bowlan is currently the Royals’ #21 prospect according to our website here at Royals Farm Report. Bowlan tossed 9 hit-less innings for the Royals’ Class-A Advanced Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Blue Rocks faced off against the Carolina Mudcats an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the first no-hitter for Wilmington since Brian Sanches on May 2, 2000.
To start the evening, in the top of the first inning, Bowlan struck out their lead-off hitter Brice Turang. Turang is the Brewers #2 prospect according to MLB.com. Bowlan retired the next two batters on a three pitch strikeout and a ground out. The second inning started with a flyout and a ground out, but a throwing error by third baseman Dennicher Carrasco proved to be the only base runner allowed by Bowlan. In the third, Bowlan got two ground outs and a strikeout of Brice Turang.
Skip to the ninth inning, Jonathan Bowlan faced the 8, 9 and 1 hitters for the Mudcats. To lead off the ninth, Bowlan faced Devin Hairston and retired him with two pitches on a ground out to shortstop Cristian Perez. Next came Zach Clark, trying to break up the no-hitter, Clark ran the count full before grounding out to Cristian Perez. The Mudcats last chance was lead-off hitter Brice Turang. Turang also ran the count full, then on the seventh pitch of the at-bat, he chased a high fastball and struck out to complete the no-hitter. Jonathan Bowlan’s final pitching line was 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 K’s, on 98 pitches/63 strikes.
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