The Red Sox farm system has been stocked with young talent for the past two seasons and though fans may know about Jackie Bradley, Xander Bogaerts, Allen Webster and Ryan Lavarnway, it may be time to get to know Henry Owens.
The 21-year-old lefty Owens made his debut in Double-A Portland Sea Dogs and pitched a no hitter in a rain-shortened game. Allowing zero hits in six innings at work, Owens struck out nine while walking two.
After six innings the game was unfortunately called due to excessive rain, but not before Owens opened some people’s eyes. In paying some attention to his development, I think TitleTownTalk will be seeing Owens in Pawtucket this season, especially if he keeps pitching the way he just did.
Owens has been on an upward slope in his career as he started pitching for an A team the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League in 2012. In 2013, Owens rose up through three different leagues to land himself in Portland with the Red Sox affiliate Sea Dogs.
While in Salem and Portland last season, Owens went 11-6 and posted a 2.35 ERA in the two leagues combined, including a 1.78 ERA for the Sea Dogs in four games. He went 3-1 in those four games.
Henry Owens was drafted 36 overall in the 2011 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Owens earned the 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors while playing for High-A Salem and Portland.
The best is yet to come from this 205 pound 6-foot-6 pitcher. Being a lefty doesn’t hurt either. For a kid that has only gone up in his career, I expect this season to be no different and him to eventually land himself in Pawtucket.
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