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Matt Bowman named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week

Bowman threw a complete game shutout last week to earn the honor.

Matt Bowman of the Las Vegas 51s has been named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Week. The 24-year-old  threw his second career shutout in four professional seasons last Wednesday.

In Bowman's start on July 22, he allowed just two hits, struck out six, and walked three en route to a complete game shutout that gave the right-hander his seventh win of the season. Bowman has had a shaky season to date, as he currently has a 7-10 record, a 5.32 ERA, and only 4.8 strikeouts per nine innings. He has had trouble since arriving in Las Vegas last year, going 10-12 with a 4.85 ERA in 26 career starts with the 51s. However, Bowman believes that he has figured out the root of the problem and hopes that he can straighten it out and finish the season strong for the Mets' Triple-A affiliate.

"Earlier in the year, basically the first two months, I was dealing with some shoulder stuff and I got into some bad habits, It was taking me a little while to realize what those habits were and correct them. I'm executing pitches, I'm down in the zone and I have a good feel for the four-pitch mix, which wasn't the case earlier this year."

Bowman was drafted by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2012 amateur draft out of Princeton University. He was ranked number 22 in Amazin' Avenue's preseason top 25 prospect rankings.