Thursday, December 13, 2012

T-Bones sign former Park, Raytown South standout McGowan


The Kansas City T-Bones have announced the signing of Derek McGowan, a 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-handed pitcher from Raytown, Mo.

McGowan spent three years at Park University, 2009-11, before finishing his collegiate career at Georgia College in 2012.

During his four years in college, McGowan posted a 16-11 record with two saves and a 4.68 ERA. In 180 2/3 innings, McGowan struck out 147 and walked 73.

“He has tremendous arm strength and velocity,” said T-Bones manager Kenny Hook, who added that McGowan has been clocked consistently in the low-to-mid 90s. “I’ve followed Derek’s career, so I have a comfort level with him, and I think he’ll be a tremendous addition to our pitching staff in 2013.”

McGowan prepped at Raytown South High School, where he made multiple All-Conference and All-Area selections as a pitcher, shortstop and third baseman.

“I didn’t really know where my baseball career would take me, and I looked at other offers, but it came down to being able to play for the T-Bones and Kenny,” McGowan said. “I have a chance to work with the manager and the pitching coach (Andy Shipman) during the offseason on a regular basis, so that should give me a great boost heading into the season.”