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Jeremy Sowers

Cleveland Indians — No. 45
Starting pitcher
Born: May 17, 1983 (1983-05-17) (age 26)
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
MLB debut
June 25, 2006 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     12-22
Earned run average     5.14
Strikeouts     138
Sowers during his tenure with the Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliates of the Cleveland Indians, in 2008.

Jeremy Bryan Sowers (born May 17, 1983) is a left-handed Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians organization. He grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended Ballard High School. His twin brother, Joshua Sowers, formerly played in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.

Sowers pitching repertoire features a fastball with which he varies the speed between about 85 and 92 mph, a curveball, a slider that cuts in on right-handed batters, and a changeup.[1]


High school and college

Sowers tossed four no-hitters in high school. In both his junior and his senior year at Ballard, he led the team to consecutive appearances in the state high school championship game and was named All-State, All-Section, All-Region and County Player of the Year. As a senior, he was named to Baseball America's National High School All-American team, Kentucky Gatorade Player of the Year, Mr. Kentucky Baseball and Kentucky High School Coaches Association Athlete of the Year.[2] He was selected out of high school with the 20th overall pick in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.

Rather than sign with the Reds, Sowers opted to attend Vanderbilt University where he was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team following the 2002 season[3] and to their 2004 pre-season All-American team.[4] He was second team All-SEC as both a sophomore[5] and a junior[6] and was also selected second team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a sophomore.[7]

After his junior year at Vanderbilt, the Indians made Sowers the 6th overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball Draft and he signed with them for a $2.475 million signing bonus, the third highest bonus in club history.[8] During the 2005–06 offseason, he was granted permission by the club to return to Vanderbilt to complete his political science degree.

Minor leagues

Sowers split most of the 2005 season between the Indians' Single-A (Kinston) and Double-A (Akron) farm teams, compiling a combined 13-4 record and 2.40 ERA. He finished 2005 with a single start for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in which he was credited with a win. He was named the Indians Minor League Pitcher of the Year (Bob Feller Award) for the 2005 season.[9] Baseball America named him the #2 prospect in the Indians organization,[10] the #6 prospect in the Carolina League[11] and the #8 prospect in the Eastern League.[12]

In 2006, he was a non-roster invitee at the Indians' spring training, but did not make the club's Opening Day roster, beginning the season with Buffalo. In 15 starts for the Bisons, he picked up where he left off in 2005, posting a sterling 9-1 record and 1.39 ERA. Baseball America named him the #3 prospect in the International League.[13]

Major leagues

Sowers' performance for Buffalo in 2006 earned him a promotion to Cleveland on June 20 where he made his major league debut against the Reds on June 25, taking the loss (5 IP, 4 ERs, 5 Hs, 2 HRs, 3 SOs, 2 BBs). He tossed his first major league complete game shutout on July 22, 2006, against the Minnesota Twins, allowing 4 hits and 1 walk while striking out 4. Six days later, he threw another shutout—this one a 1-0 game against the Seattle Mariners—becoming the first Indians rookie to throw back-to-back shutouts since Dick Tidrow in 1972.[14] In his next start against Boston, he extended his scoreless inning streak to 22 before yielding an RBI double in the fifth inning.

Sowers was projected to be the Indians' fourth starter in 2007.[15] When Cliff Lee was injured during spring training, Sowers was bumped up to the third spot in the starting rotation. However, he struggled through the first two months of the season (1-6, 6.93 ERA in 12 starts) and was demoted to Buffalo on June 10.[16]

During spring training in 2009, Sowers competed for the fifth starting pitcher slot; he was not selected and was sent down to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.[17]


  1. ^ Kline, Chris (2005-03-30). "Sowers shows consistency for Indians". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  2. ^ "2006 Cleveland Indians Media Guide" (PDF). pp. 239–240. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  3. ^ "Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team". Collegiate Baseball. 2002-06-05. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  4. ^ "Louisville Slugger pre-season All-American baseball teams". Collegiate Baseball. 2003-12-19. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  5. ^ "Hill, Marchbanks, Laval, Head Earn SEC Baseball Honors". 2003-05-19. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  6. ^ " Announces 2004 All-SEC Team". 2004-05-18. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  7. ^ "2004 ABCA & Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Region". American Baseball Coaches Association. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  8. ^ Kline, Chris (2004-11-22). "Top Ten Prospects: Cleveland Indians". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  9. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (2005-12-08). "Tribe honors Minors' Mulhern, Sowers". Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  10. ^ Kline, Chris (2006-01-23). "Top Ten Prospects: Cleveland Indians". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  11. ^ Kline, Chris (2005-09-29). "2005 Top 20 Prospects: Carolina League". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  12. ^ Matthews, Alan (2005-10-03). "2005 Top 20 Prospects: Eastern League". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  13. ^ Eddy, Matt (2006-10-11). "International League Top 20 Prospects List". Baseball America. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  14. ^ "Indians' Sowers pitches second consecutive shutout in 1-0 win". Associated Press. 2006-07-28. Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  15. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (2007-02-02). "Indians Spring Training quick hits". Retrieved 2007-03-12.  
  16. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (June 10, 2007). "Sowers sent to Triple-A". Retrieved 2007-06-13.  
  17. ^ Indians Send Sowers, 6 Others to Minors NY Times, March 24, 2009

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