by: Chase Fitzgerald
Theo Bowe is currently the lead-off hitter for the Reds High-A affiliate, the Bakersfield Blaze. He has been over-shadowed this season by the success of Billy Hamilton but he is quietly putting together a great year. He has 49 stolen bases now, but that number has probably gotten bigger since I wrote this (editor's note: he still sits at 49 entering play on Sunday). He is currently fourth in the minors in stolen bases and is gaining on the leaders. He started the season off in Dayton but since being promoted in 59 games he has been hitting .341 with a .416 on base percentage. He also had 30 RBIs in that span from the lead-off spot and 2-hole which is pretty impressive. He is a great young player with a lot of potential and could be an everyday player in a couple years. Since he has not been getting the attention he deserves, I decided to get to know him better in the interview below.
Q: What spot in the lineup do you like hitting most?
A: I like hitting first. I feel like as a lead-off batter it’s my job to get my team started.
Q: Who was your role model as a kid?
A: I would say my father. He made me into the athlete I am today. Even after he worked 8-9 hour shifts he made time to practice baseball with me.
Q: When did you start to play baseball?
A: Since I was 3 or 4 years old.
Q: When did you start to realize you had a future in baseball?
A: When scouts started coming to my games I started thinking to myself that this could become my job.
Q: What player do you try to model your game after?
A: I watch Michael Bourn play and I like how he plays. Great defender, fast runner, pretty good base stealer, and does exactly a lead-off man’s job.
Q: What’s your goal for stolen bases this season? Think you can join Billy Hamilton in the triple digits?
A: I got a month and a half left. I really want to get to 100 but I want to be second in the minors leagues in steals. So I got to keep working. I’ve been really impatient this last week swinging at every pitch I see. I’m starting to draw walks again. My job is to work the count, draw walks, and get on base.
Q: What’s the fastest you have ever been clocked from home to first?
A: One of my friends told me they read in a blog that someone timed me at a 3.72.
Q: Have you ever been timed on a 40 yard dash?
A: Last time I ran a 40 was in 10th grade and it was a 4.45 I think.
A tip of the cap goes to Theo for taking the time to conduct this interview. He is now in his fifth year with the organization after being selected in the 21st round of the 2008 Amateur Draft. Be sure to fellow the Reds prospect on Twitter @tbtooez.