Bowers prying open the door to Big Leagues

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By Claude Lewis

Cedrick Bowers is making a strong pitch to land in the Majors.

It seems the hard-throwing left-hander out of Chiefland is prying open the door for a shot with the Colorado Rockies, as he has pitched super ball so far this season for the AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

"I think I got a good chance,"Bowers said. "I'm pitching well and people are behind me."

Used mostly as a set-up guy, Bowers has posted a 4-1 record with an excellent 3.16 ERA.

3.16 looks even more impressive when one considers the thin atmosphere on the high Plains.

"The ball flies,"Bowers said before last Friday's game against the Salt Lake City Bees. "You have to keep it down. It's been cold. It's just now starting to get warm. The air is a little thicker."

Bowers innings pitched to hits ratio is an excellent 37 to 21. He has fanned 43 while walking 19.

In one inning of relief work last Friday, Bowers didn't allow a hit, walked one but struck out the side.

"My fastball has been hitting 95-96," Bowers said.

Bowers has a start under his belt but has been used mostly in long relief.

"I've been coming out of the pen and going two or three innings -the sixth, seventh and eighth,"he said. "They know I can start. Coming out of the pen gives me more opportunitues. I just want to focus and hold my ground."

Bowers said the clubhouse atmosphere has been friendly with the Sky Sox.

"It's a good organization," he said. "The guys are good. We get along, talk and have fun."

Bowers will have more fun when he gets the call.

It's bound to happen sooner or later this season.