Central Connecticut's TT Bowens put on a show at the NECBL home run derby (Aaron Fitt)


Prospect Rundown: NECBL

Summer Baseball

MONTPELIER, Vt. — The New England Collegiate Baseball League all-star game was rained out after two and a half innings Sunday, but scouts still got plenty of useful looks at players between the prospect showcase that began Sunday morning, pregame infield/outfield, batting practice, the home run derby, and the all-star pitchers who stayed to throw for scouts after the rain passed (but the field had already been rendered unplayable).

And while there was no official MVP of the weather-shortened game, it was clear who the breakout star of the day was: Mystic Schooners first baseman TT Bowens (Central Connecticut). The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bowens put on the most impressive show I’ve ever seen in a college home run derby, smashing 40 long balls overall between his two rounds to beat UMass-Lowell’s Cam Climo for the championship.

The righthanded-hitting Bowens launched 16 homers in three minutes in the first round, hitting a combination of majestic, towering moonshots and screaming rockets out to left field. Three of those 16 traveled more than 430 feet, and the longest went 450 feet, according to Rapsodo data. Climo finished second with 13 homers in the first round, though one of those 13 proved to be the longest homer of the day, traveling 462 feet. One one of the other 10 contestants reached double digits (Matt Koperniak of Trinity, Conn.). …

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