Former Milford High baseball standout Theo Bowe was named to the Cincinnati Reds 2012 Organization All-Star team as an outfielder by MiLB.com, a group that honors minor league players, who had outstanding seasons in their individual organizations.
Bowe's former high school coach, John Nichols said Bowe was an outstanding kid in high school. "He was a good student, with a great attitude and he always had a huge smile on his face. And, he was the fastest kid you've ever seen on a baseball field, and it's great to see a local player do well," said Nichols. A natural centerfielder, Bowe is now learning to play left field.
Bowe stole 70 bases this season while batting .310 in 120 games, ranking him fourth in the minors in steals this season after stealing only 20 last year. He is being compared favorably with Cincinnati's top prospect Billy Hamilton, a slick fielding shortstop, who stole an amazing 155 bases this past season.
"Defensively, Bowe has the speed to run down any ball, and he reads the ball very well coming off the bat, and he worked very hard all through high school to improve his arm strength," said Nichols, who retired from coaching after the 2011 season. Nichols added that Theo was always a good contact hitter, who keeps the defense honest by hitting the ball to all fields.
Nichols said that Bowes' success is an inspiration not only to Milford ball players, but also to young athletes around Sussex County. "Theo was the first one drafted out of Milford High and he brought the pro and college scouts to the area. After he was drafted, the scouts stayed around, and that led to the drafting of Milford players like Jerrell Allen, Devon Reed and Nick Grant," he said.