Bowden Francis (born April 22, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2022.
Francis made his professional debut with the Arizona League Brewers, pitching to an 8.10 earned run average (ERA) in four games. Francis split the 2018 season between the Class-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Advanced-A Carolina Mudcats, posting a 7–10 win–loss record, 4.50 ERA, and 106 strikeouts in 128 innings pitched.
The following season, Francis split the year between Carolina and the Double-A Biloxi Shuckers, and posted an 8–9 record, 3.97 ERA, and 165 strikeouts in 1422⁄3 innings of work. Francis did not play in a game in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s cancellation of the minor league season.
Francis began the 2021 season with Biloxi before being promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds at the end of May. In 11 games between the two levels, Francis logged a 7–3 record and 3.62 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 592⁄3 innings pitched.
On July 6, 2021, Francis was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with Trevor Richards in exchange for Rowdy Tellez. He was assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons and remained with the team for the rest of the minor league season.
In 73 innings for the Bisons, Francis went 6–4 with a 4.19 ERA and 71 strikeouts. He was added to the 40-man roster following the season on November 19, 2021. On April 25, 2022, Francis was called up by the Blue Jays.
There are no details about whether he has children or not. He may be may or may not have children. There are also no rumors about his children.