Cooper Bowman drafted by the New York Yankees

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The 2021 Major League Baseball draft is currently underway and a former South Dakota athlete was drafted Monday in the fourth round.

Cooper Bowman from Rapid City was selected by the New York Yankees with the 122nd pick.

Bowman played two years at shortstop for Iowa Western Community College, batting .418 with 44 steals in 84 games.

He also helped Iowa Western finish runner-up at the 2019 Junior College World Series.

Bowman then transferred to the University of Louisville and played second base.

He competed in 48 games last season and hit .293 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs.

Bowman, who graduated from Rapid City Stevens, was selected 49 picks higher than he was projected.

He said hearing his name called in the fourth round was a dream come true.

“It was cool for sure,” said Cooper Bowman. “Obviously it’s like a dream come true for any college player and most high school players. To have it go to a team that my family’s huge fans of and kind of a storied organization like that was really special.”

Bowman said playing for Post 22 prepared him for competing at the next level.     

He still has the option to return to Louisville and continue playing at the Division I level.

But if he signs a contract with the Yankees, he loses the eligibility and then hopefully begins his pro career.    

“It’s different than most years because normally I would just get sent right to A-ball and start playing,” said Bowman. “But with minor league systems getting cut and less teams and organizations, we think the plan is to get sent to their spring training facility. So I would go down to Tampa Bay and just train for a couple of weeks and then hopefully get into A-ball from there.”

Bowman says if he does get sent to Tampa Bay, he could leave as early as this week.

 

Photos Courtesy of: Taris Smith – Louisville Athletics

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