Uncertainty Ahead for Shawn Bowman

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With the exception of a few bright spots, the 2005 season was one Mets third base prospect Shawn Bowman would like to forget. Bowman, the Mets' 12th round pick from the 2002 draft, struggled in his third season with the organization, batting only .221 in 87 games for Class-A St. Lucie. He hit 17 home runs and drove in 53 runs, but got off to a slow start by hitting below .200 through the first two months of the season. A back injury forced him to miss the final two months of the year.

The 20-year-old third baseman showed promise of breaking out of his slump toward the latter part of his season when he batted .310 in June with nine homers and 22 RBIs. Generally regarded as a plus defender, he committed a team-high 19 errors--five fewer than the 24 he was charged with a season ago at Class-A Capital City of the South Atlantic League, but with noticeably fewer chances...