To be a constant powerhouse in baseball a team needs to be focused equally on the present as well as the future. For the Boston Red Sox, they look to have a future star pitcher in Henry Owens. This young new prospect was the 36th overall pick for Boston two years ago.
Owens has a low-90s fastball, curveball, and a changeup in his pitching arsenal. He started showing great potential very early. In high school he was 12-1 with a 1.15 ERA. Standing at 6’7” Owens will be able to work on his velocity which will make his fastball even quicker.
Amiel Sawdaye who is the Red Sox director of amateur scouting spoke with MLB.com’s Ian Browne about Owens potential saying:
“Left-handed, obviously first off, he’s a guy we project to be a middle-of-the-rotation guy. He throws three pitches for strikes. Advanced pitchability. A guy who has the ability to command his breaking ball and throw a changeup. For a high school kid, that’s unique and certainly something that we covet.”
Last year Owens lived up to the hype with his play at Single-A Greenville. He had a record of 12-5 with a 4.87 ERA. He had 130 strikeouts over 101.2 innings. He even had the radar gun reaching at 95 mph.
Not only does he have a great arm, but he is durable. During a game last year he was hit in the eye from a line drive. Thankfully he only missed one start and more importantly he was not seriously hurt.
As the 2013 season starts Owens looks to start for the Advanced Single-A Salem team. He should play there the whole season, but there is a chance he might move up to Double-A if the Red Sox feel he deserves a shot at moving up a level.
Whenever a team feels that they have a star player especially in pitching they will make sure that each move is thoroughly thought out. For Owens he has a chance to play for one of the most successful teams in the majors and this is an opportunity he will want to take full advantage of.