The Houston Astros are all about giving people opportunities. Throughout the past couple years, it’s been all about handing a prospect an opportunity and seeing what he can make of it. The latest recipient of such a handout is left-handed starter Rudy Owens, who got the call to fill in for right-hander Brad Peacock tonight against King Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners.
Owens comes into the game having pitched this season entirely in Triple-A, going an unremarkable 2-3 with a 6.05 ERA in his time there. In his last start at Triple-A, he gave up eight earned earned runs in three innings.
Owens was given a chance to make the rotation out of spring training, but he went an equally unremarkable 1-1 with a 6.57 ERA in just 12.1 innings pitched, so he was unquestionably sent to start the season at Triple-A.
The move is obviously full of question marks. Why give Owens the shot when guys like Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Tropeano and David Martinez are showing far superior numbers down in Triple-A? Especially given the fact that all three of those guys are much higher valued prospects than Owens.
Perhaps the Astros see are using this as a last gasp opportunity for Owens, who, at 26 years of age, is overdue for making his presence known in MLB. Foltynewicz, Tropeano and Martinez all factor into the Astros’ future, so when they come, they’re here to stay. Owens is simply making a spot start for an ailing Peacock, and it remains to be seen if anymore will come of it.