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."