Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Yankees selected Cooper Bowman with their 4th round draft selection. Photo credit: Louisville Athletics

2021 MLB Draft

Yankees select 2B Cooper Bowman with 122nd overall pick in 2021 MLB Draft

The New York Yankees went back to the infield with their 4th Round selection in the 2021 MLB Draft as they selected Louisville second baseman Cooper Bowman. Bowman played only one season at Louisville and he had a slash line of .293/.387/.455 with 8 home runs and 22 RBIs while also stealing 20 bases.

Bowman played two seasons at Iowa Western Community College before the right-handed hitter decided to go to Louisville. While at community college, he was a base-stealer as he was 44-for-50 on stolen bases during his two years.

MLB Pipeline has him listed as the 171st best prospect in the class and they mention how his approach at the plate can lead to consistent contact for him:

“Bowman has a smooth right-handed swing, good feel for hitting and a patient approach, allowing him to make regular contact and get on base. He has a quick bat with solid raw power and can drive the ball out of the park from gap to gap, giving him 15-20 homer potential.”

While the Yankees do have a plethora of middle infielders in their farm system, Bowman’s speed could possibly land him a spot in the outfield down-the-road, but he is more slated to play second base. With that being said, it will be tough for Bowman to find playing time right away with the talent already in the system.

The Yankees have not drafted a player out of Louisville since 2017, but some notable picks in the last few years from the Cardinals are infielder Nick Solak and left-handed pitcher Josh Rogers.

With stolen bases being somewhat of a lost art in today’s game, Bowman has the ability to be an interesting find for the Yankees due to his speed. His 56 hits this year were the third-most on the team with the top pick in this year’s draft, catcher Henry Davis, leading the way with 68.

Written By

I am an alum of St. John's University, where I majored in sports management.

You May Also Like

Sticky Post

With the draft now behind us it is time to take a look at how the Yankees prospects rank throughout the system. Like our...


Spring training is just around the corner.  Which means our new Yankees top prospect list is here.  Released early this morning we bring you...


The Yankees came into 2018 with a gluttony of players that were eligible for the Rule 5 draft, many that were among the team’s...


It is that time again, as we prepare for pitchers and catchers to report to Tampa for Spring Training we will take a look...