Bradenton Marauders Notebook: Jackson Glenn, Leadoff Hitter? The Brilliance Behind it Going Forward
The Bradenton Marauders wrapped up their week long series against the Clearwater Threshers with an unfortunate 22-5 drubbing on Sunday. Still, the home team was able to take five of the seven games played this past week (one was a continuation of a game from July).
With seven games played, there was plenty of things happening, including the debut of 2021 fifth round pick Jackson Glenn, who didn't waste any time making his presence known.
The product of Dallas Baptist University, Glenn hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning in a game that actually started before he was a part of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
His first official game? Two doubles in a Marauders win. Easy stuff for a guy who had an OPS of 1.169 his final year in college slugging 21 home runs along the way.
He's done a lot of that hitting in his first week with Bradenton, with an even higher OPS of 1.307, three doubles, three RBIs and a five walk to one strikeout ratio.
3B Prospect, Jackson Glenn #Pirates— Kody Duncan (@TalkPirates) August 22, 2021
8 pitch sequence that leads to a single up the middle.
Glenn has only struck out once with Bradenton in 6 games (0.07%) This alone should get you excited about this kid. pic.twitter.com/3cvpasBwcy
The most interesting part of the week for the power inclined second baseman? Batting leadoff, something he did twice this past week against the Marauders.
The results? The 23-year old Glenn went 3 for 6 with three walks, one strikeout, a run scored and a run driven in when batting in the leadoff spot. If the three walks enough evidence to show his patience at the plate, he saw over 40 pitches in those two games while batting lead off.
While his early showcase of power would make him a perfect candidate for the middle of the order, his patience at the plate makes him a perfect table setter batting leadoff. If anything else, it gets him to the plate more, which can't be a bad thing.
Jase Bowen refinding power swing
Now that Matt Fraizer is getting the attention he deserves since his promotion to Altoona, it's time to start the next movement to get an unheralded prospect some recognition. Bowen may be on that short list going forward, and I'm not the only one who thinks that way.
Bowen was an 11th round pick of the Pirates back in 2019 that also produced Fraizer. He was drafted as an outfielder but due to the logjam in at the position, Bowen was moved to the infield so he can get more playing time.
JASE. BOWEN. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/iVYqWxGCXZ— Bradenton Marauders (@The_Marauders) May 29, 2021
Now that the outfield has thinned out, along with the injury to Sammy Siani, Bowen has been able to transition back to the position he was drafted as. While overall the 6 for 24 wasn't the most eye popping numbers (.250 average), the three extra base hits were a welcome sign from the outfielder.
Bowen hit his 12th home run of the season this past week while chipping in two more doubles as well. That was the first home run he hit this month, and the first time he went deep since he did twice on July 31st.
July was a rough month for the former 11th round pick, with a batting slash of .118/.200/.289. He also struck out in 42.1% of his at bats. He's picked all those numbers up this month, as well as cutting back on the strikeouts as well.
With seven games left this month, Bowen has already tied the amount of extra base hits in August that he hit in July (five). He's also batting .283 with an .821 OPS and has cut his strikeout rate down to 30%.
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