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76 Henry Owens SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/205 | Birthdate: 7/21/1992 | Birthplace: Huntington Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Boston | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 15/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Red Sox SP prospect Henry Owens still ironing out control issues


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Henry Owens hasn't gotten his control problems squared away at Triple-A Pawtucket, as he is walking a career-high 5.5 batters per nine innings.

It's not exactly the stat anyone would want to see from one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball, but it doesn't appear the Red Sox are pushing the panic button when it comes to Owens.

“It’s not alarming to me. I understand why it could be alarming to someone else, but I’ve had this conversation many times over the last two years,” Pawtucket pitching coach Bob Kipper said, per The Boston Globe. “He’s frustrated about where things probably stand early in the season. But with that said, he’s really encouraged with where things are beginning to head.

“He’s 22. I don’t think any of us have that crystal ball of when something is going to happen. But when there are certain things in place -- work ethic, discipline, commitment, guys doing the right thing day in, day out -- then over time there’s going to be development.”


Red Sox SP Henry Owens having some control issues at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Henry Owens is having some control issues to start the season for Triple-A Pawtucket. The highly touted pitching prospect has a 4.29 ERA and 1.43 WHIP through four starts thanks largely to 17 walks in 21 innings.

The left-hander, who is considered a top-50 prospect by MLB.com (No. 19) and Baseball America (No. 44), has totaled 19 strikeouts. He has allowed 11 runs (10 earned), 13 hits and two home runs.


Owens, Cecchini among Red Sox cuts Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Red Sox announced several cuts from major-league camp Thursday, included in the group were top pitching prospect Henry Owens and infielder/outfielder Garin Cecchini

Owens, who is considered the Red Sox's second-best prospect by Baseball America, was reassigned to minor-league camp. Cecchini, who is considered the Red Sox's 10th-best prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Manager John Farrell said Cecchini will play third base, first base and left field at Pawtucket.

The Red Sox also optioned outfielder Bryce Brentz, pitcher Heath Hembree and pitcher Zeke Spruill to Triple-A, while pitcher Mitchell Boggs was released.


Red Sox SP Henry Owens struggles vs. Blue Jays Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens was hit hard by the Blue Jays Thursday, giving up five earned runs on five hits and one walk in three innings while striking out one and serving up two home runs, but he remains confident that he can have success at the big-league level, the Boston Herald reports.

"Absolutely," Owens said. "I feel like I can give the team a chance to win every fifth day. Today, I obviously didn’t show characteristics of that, but I’m still working out some cobwebs and getting ready for the season."

Owens left a 79-mph changeup up in the zone to Jose Bautista, who knocked the pitch well beyond the left-field fence.

"I think his velocity is probably consistent to where it’s been over the last year or so," manager John Farrell said. "He’s starting to flash some 93s in there. But velocity isn’t everything. What he’s recognizing is that he’s got to make hitters honest because they all know he has a very good changeup and sometimes hitters go in and look for it. Bautista’s at-bat, particularly."

Owens had allowed just two earned runs in seven innings coming into Thursday's start but finished the day with a 6.30 spring ERA. He's competing to break camp with the team.


Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens makes first start of spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens showed why many believe he could be the first call up off the season from the minors Saturday. The top pitching prospect threw three hitless innings and added three strikeouts for Boston.

"He's on such a good developmental path," Red Sox manager John Farrell said to MLB.com. "It's kind of exciting to watch a young guy starting to come into his own."

Despite struggling with his control a bit, Owens was happy with his overall performance Saturday.

"I've been throwing it for strikes early in the count and late in the count and getting strikeouts with it, putting more power behind it, so it's been a good weapon," Owens said.


Red Sox's Henry Owens looking to make roster out of camp


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens understands the opportunity he has this spring training. 

Looking to build off of his 2014 season, in which he split time with minor-league affiliates Portland and Pawtucket, Owens feels like he's close to cracking Boston's opening day roster. 

"Last year was about just trying to get my feet wet," Owens said, per CSN New England. "I really didn't know anything, or what to expect. This year, I have a better sense of everything.''

With Portland, Owens went 14-4 in 20 starts, posting a 2.60 ERA. With Pawtucket, he went 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA. 

Owens is expected to pitch against the Marlins on Friday. 


Red Sox's Henry Owens impresses during camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens impressed during batting practice recently, according to the Boston Herald

Owens hadn't faced big league hitters since last spring training, and had something to prove. While Owens didn't have great fastball command during the session, his changeup was spot on. 

"Great deception, hard to pick up," catcher Ryan Hanigan said. "He got me on the changeup today because you can’t see the spin. It looks just like his fastball. That’s a huge advantage."

Pitching coach Juan Nieves agreed, but said he wasn't sure whether Owens was ready for the majors just yet. "Is anybody ready to come to the big leagues?" Nieves said. "I don’t know. We don’t know until they get there and experience the competition."

The 22-year-old Owens enters the year as the team's second-best prospect according to Baseball America. He posted a 2.94 ERA over two minor-league levels last year. 


GM indicates that Henry Owens will not be promoted this season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Red Sox premier pitching prospect Henry Owens will not be promoted to the bigs this season, the Providence Journal has claimed.

That is the speculation fueled by general manager Ben Cherington, who downplayed the possibility of Owens coming up.

"I think he's in a good spot," Cherington said. "There are some things he'll get out of pitching the rest of the way at Triple-A. They're making a playoff push themselves. We'd like to see him finish out the year there and try to help them get in the playoffs.

"He's obviously a guy who is important to us long-term, but I think that part of finding out as much as we can about our group of young pitchers is making sure there's a role for as many of those guys as possible. We have to balance that out."

Owens, who turned 22 years old on July 21, has been dynamite for Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He boasts a 14-4 record and 2.60 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 121 innings.


Red Sox won't 'rule out' promotion for Henry Owens


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Even though Red Sox starting pitcher prospect Henry Owens just joined the roster at Triple-A Pawtucket, manager John Farrell hasn't ruled out the left-handed pitcher joining the major-league roster this season.

"He's not on our (40-man) roster, but if the need were to arise or he dominates at the Triple-A level, I wouldn't rule it out," Farrell told MLB Network Radio Tuesday.

Owens tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut Monday. He allowed two hits and three walks, while striking out nine. He went 14-4 with a 2.60 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 121 innings at Double-A before his promotion.


Report: Henry Owens on the way to Pawtucket


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) The Red Sox have promoted premier pitching prospect Henry Owens to Triple-A Pawtucket, sources have told WEEI.com.

The 22-year-old southpaw earned the promotion by compiling a 12-4 record and 2.60 ERA. He has yielded just 89 hits in 121 innings with 126 strikeouts. Given the trades of Jon Lester and John Lackey on Thursday, Owens could be on the fast-track to Boston.


Henry Owens throws rain-shortened no-hitter in Double-A opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens, the team's No. 2 prospect, threw a rain-shortened no-hitter Thursday night.

Owens, pitching for Double-A Portland, struck out nine and walked two batters. he retired the final 16 batters he faced, earning a complete game no-hitter in six innings. 59 of his 86 pitches were called for strikes.

"It was only six innings, so it was kind of a cheap one," Owens said, per The Republican Herald. "But it feels good to get the season started. I was ready to get out of Florida and up here again."


Henry Owens struggles in start for Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Promising Red Sox southpaw Henry Owens got some major league experience Saturday and might have learned a bit of humility. The 21-year-old, who has been compared to Dodgers stud Clayton Kershaw, gave up five hits and three earned runs in a loss to Baltimore. He walked two and struck out one.

Owens shined at both the Class A and Double-A levels in 2013 and is expected to reach Triple-A this season if he continues to progress.


Teammate feels Henry Owens is the next Clayton Kershaw


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens has emerged as one of the top left-handed pitching prospects in baseball. Baseball America considers Owens the Red Sox's second-best prospect behind infielder Xander Bogaerts, and MLB.com ranks Owens as the fifth-best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball.

Minor-league teammate Deven Marrero, who played with Owens at two different stops in the minors last season, feels Owens is deserving of the accolades he is receiving.

"I think he's the next (Clayton) Kershaw, to be honest," Marrero told The Providence Journal. "That's how good he is, the potential that he has."

Owens earned an invitation to the Red Sox's rookie development camp this week, which is an invitation usually reserved for players with a realistic chance of reaching the majors during the upcoming season.

The 2011 first-round pick has just two seasons and 48 pro starts under his belt, but Owens was outstanding in 2013, going 11-6 with a 2.67 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 26 starts between high Class A and Double-A. He also struck out 11.3 batters per nine innings.

"He probably had to learn in his first year that the stuff is very good and he can throw it in the strike zone and get guys out very effectively," Boston farm director Ben Crockett said. "That was something he made a nice adjustment with in his second full season. He just pounded the strike zone more."


Prospect Henry Owens having stellar season


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2013) Red Sox left-handed pitching prospect Henry Owens is in the midst of a stellar season with Class A Salem, MLB.com reports Monday. Boston's No. 4 prospect did not give up a hit in back-to-back performances heading into Sunday's start. 

Owens didn't go three straight without giving up a hit, but he did throw seven shutout innings before running into trouble in the eighth. He allowed four runs in the frame and ultimately took the loss. That said, it was his first time in his career pitching into the eighth. 

The No. 57-ranked prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com, has 123 strikeouts over 104 2/3 innings pitched this season to lead the Carolina League. He also has a 2.92 ERA. 


Henry Owens on a hot streak


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens hasn't allowed a hit in the last 15 2/3 innings.

Owens has been pitching at Class A Salem. Owens has struck out 19 over his last two starts. He has a 2.78 ERA in 97 innings. 


Red Sox prospects combine for no-hitter


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2013) Three pitchers for Boston's affiliate at Class A Salem threw a combined no-hitter Wednesday night at Frederick, the Boston Globe reports. In the team's first no-hitter since 2002, Henry Owens started and went six innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

The no-hitter was completed with two innings from reliever Matty Ott and another from Matt Price. The trio struck out 14 and walked five in a 6-0 win.

Owens, 20, got the win to improve to 7-4 with a 2.93 ERA and 107 strikeouts over 92 innings. He entered the year as the No. 91-rated prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America.