Bryce Stowell

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Bryce Randall Stowell

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher Bryce Stowell played in the minor leagues from 2009 to 2015, peaking at AAA for two brief stints.


Bryce is the son of Mark and Shelley Stowell. Mark played baseball for the University of California, Irvine in 1980 and 1981. He has two sisters, Andrea and Samantha.

High School Career[edit]

Stowell attended La Habra High School in La Habra, CA where he not only played baseball but also lettered in water polo. In his junior year of 2004, Stowell's team won the league championship, and Bryce was named the team and league Most Valuable Player.

As a senior in 2005, Bryce earned first-team all-area, All-CIF and All-Orange County honors. He went 9-2 with a 1.44 earned run average. At the plate, he hit .398 with 5 doubles and a home run in 92 plate appearances.

College Career[edit]

For the 2006 season, Stowell pitched for Pepperdine University where he was 1-1 with a 7.16 earned run average. The freshman got just one start in 11 games. In the summer, he pitched for the Central Illinois Collegiate League Danville Dans where he earned the Pitcher of the Year Award and was named one of the Top 10 pro prospects in the league by Baseball America. For the summer, he was 5-1 with a 1.52 earned run average.

In 2007, Stowell moved over to the University of California, Irvine where he was redshirted. Bryce explained his transfer from Pepperdine in an interview with the Irvine school paper: "Things didn't really work out for me. The coaches and I didn't see eye-to-eye on things and sometimes that happens. I really wanted to go somewhere else and that place happened to be UC Irvine." Despite not playing, Bryce was 21st on Baseball America's top 50 college sophomores and 90th on their top 100 college prospects list. He did participate in the Cape Cod League where he was 1-5 with a 3.72 ERA for the Hyannis Mets.

As a junior in 2008, Stowell pitched in 16 games and started 15 of them. He posted a 8-3 record with a 3.26 earned run average and 101 strikeouts in 88 and a third innings pitched. At the College World Series, he earned Lincoln Regional MVP honors. His performance for the year earned him recognition by the Cleveland Indians who tabbed him in the draft. Stowell returned to the Cape Cod League and pitched for the Bourne Braves where he worked on 12-6 curveball and was able to increase his fastball's speed to nearly 95 miles per hour.

Stowell's major was social ecology.

Minor League Career[edit]

Stowell was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2008 Amateur Draft by the Cleveland Indians (681st overall). He was not signed initially and went to pitch in the Cape Cod League. His impressive performance in the summer league convinced the Indians that they needed to sign him and he signed with scout Jason Smith for a $725,000 signing bonus just before the August 15th deadline. His late signing prevented him from playing for any of Cleveland's affiliates in 2008, and his high number of innings in the summer league prevented him from being used in the fall leagues.

Stowell began his professional career on May 18, 2009 for the South Atlantic League Lake County Captains. In 3 games, Bryce put up a 1.00 earned run average and struck out 15 in 9 innings pitched. His excellent start earned Stowell a quick promotion to the Kinston Indians in the Carolina League in early June.

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