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10/13/08 3:03 PM EST

Mets' Bowman gets AFL weekly honor

Third baseman off to hot start in Arizona Fall League

Shawn Bowman has begun the Arizona Fall League season in much the same way he produced during his 26-game tenure with the Mets' St. Lucie team in the Class A Florida State League, and that production had earned him recognition as the Player of the Week for the first week of the AFL season.

The 23-year-old, right-handed-hitting third baseman contributed a double and his second home run of the fall season to the 5-2 victory the Peoria Saguaros scored against the Peoria Javelinas on Monday. That production put Bowman at the top of the league's hitters in batting average (.545), slugging percentage (1.273) and home runs (two other players have hit two as well). He also ranks ranks third in on-base percentage (.615) and extra-base hits (four).

A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Bowman was the Mets' 12th-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. He was the 357th player selected. He split the 2008 season between St. Lucie and the Mets' Binghamton affiliate in the Double A Eastern League. He played 29 games at Double A, batting .248 with nine extra-base hits and 10 RBIs in 113 at-bats after he had worn out the Florida State League, batting .340 with eight extra base hits and 11 RBIs in 97 at-bats.

The Saguaros are the lone unbeaten team in the AFL. They lead the American Division by three games after five contests.

Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.