|Red Sox prospect Henry Owens to make major league debut Tuesday at Yankee Stadium||08.02.15 at 5:37 pm ET|
It’s one of the biggest stages in all of baseball and Tuesday night it will be the site of Henry Owens’ major league debut, as the 23-year-old will take to the mound for the first time in a big league uniform against the Yankees.
With Rick Porcello scheduled to start Tuesday and going on the disabled list Sunday, that opened a spot for Owens.
“Well, one we wanted to insert another starter and not move guys up. We wanted to provide an extra day of rest, so Tuesday is Henry’s day,” manager John Farrell said. “It’s going to be probably the biggest stage he’s going to make his debut on as schedule has it. Ideally having another left-hander going against that lineup in that ballpark. We’ll see him on Tuesday.”
Owens was the selected in the first-round of the 2011 draft by the Red Sox.
Over 21 starts with Pawtucket this season, Owens is 3-8 with a 3.16 ERA. The biggest issue for Owens has been the number of walks he’s allowed, but he’s cut them down of late, which is the primary reason for him getting the promotion.
In April and May the 6-foot-6 left-hander had 35 walks in 54 1/3 innings. At one point in early June he had the most walks in all of baseball — both Triple-A and the majors. Recently, Owens has commanded his pitches much better as over his last two starts (12 innings) he has a total of two walks and in the month of July he has issued just eight walks in 31 2/3 innings.
“A lot more strikes, repeating his delivery,” Farrell said of what has changed for him. “I think coming out of spring training there was some work needed just commanding his body as well as the baseball and that has been the case over the last four weeks or more. In a nut shell, it’s more quality strikes throughout the entire time he’s on the mound.”
|Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens allows 1 run over 6 innings in loss; Sam Travis hot in July||07.30.15 at 9:15 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (42-62): L, 2-0, vs. Norfolk (Orioles)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) once again pitched well enough to win, but without run support took the loss (3-8, 3.16 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 SO (97 pitches, 64 strikes). In Owens’ seven losses this season, Pawtucket has scored a combined six runs.
The lone run charged to Owens Wednesday came after an RBI double in the second inning, with a single and passed ball charged to catcher Humberto Quintero preceding the run. Owens, 23, retired 13 of the final 17 batters he faced, with two of those that reached doing so via errors on the PawSox infield.
The 36th overall selection in the 2011 draft, Owens has thrown quality starts in eight out of his past nine outings, giving him an ERA of 2.85 (20 ER/63 IP) over that span with 54 strikeouts to 18 walks. In 2014 Owens went 17-5 over 26 starts split between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket, with an ERA of 2.94.
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 24 prospect at MLB.com) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, getting a double play to end the seventh after RHP Dayan Diaz had allowed a double and walked three batters. Light stayed on for the eighth and retired the side in order, striking out two. Light, 24, now has scoreless appearances in three of his last four after a rough stretch of eight outings that saw his ERA rise to 8.74. The 37th overall selection in the 2012 draft, Light had a terrific start to the year in Portland with 32 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings over 21 appearances before his promotion.
— The PawSox offense was held to just five hits, with DH Garin Cecchini (Boston’s No. 6 prospect at MLB.com), shortstop Deven Marrero (Boston’s No. 7 prospect at MLB.com), and center fielder Quintin Berry each reaching base twice (each with a single and a walk). Pawtucket was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position, and the team fell to 4-20 in July.
— Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was promoted to Boston with Mookie Betts heading to the disabled list. In 71 games in Triple-A Bradley has slashed .305/.382/.472, with five home runs in July to bring his season total to nine.
Infielder Mike Miller was reassigned from Portland back to Pawtucket, and catcher Matt Spring was added off the temporary inactive list.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens stays solid; Portland walks it off again with 4-run 9th||07.24.15 at 8:49 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-58): L, 5-4, at Norfolk (Orioles)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) had his third straight quality start and seventh in his last eight outings, with a final Thursday afternoon pitching line of: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (106 pitches, 74 strikes). Owens, 23, gave up two runs in third after a walk, a misplayed grounder by first baseman Matt Spring, a bloop single into shallow right field, and a two-RBI double to left. The 6-foot-6 Owens struck out the final two batters of the third to strand two in scoring position, getting whiffs on a high fastball and a slow breaking ball that fell out of the strike zone into the dirt.
Owens had a total of nine straight retired before he hit more adversity in the the sixth inning, with another run scoring after three singles, including a bloop to left and a slow roller up the middle. Owens left the game after six complete with a 4-3 lead.
Selected by Boston in the first round of the 2011 draft (36th overall), Owens is 3-7 this season with a 3.25 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 20 starts. His 100 strikeouts are five shy of the International League lead, with his ERA ranking 10th and his WHIP tied for third. Owens’ 116 1/3 innings of work is the fourth-highest total in the league this year, and his walk total of 55 remains a league high.
— RHP Jonathan Aro (Boston’s No. 30 prospect at MLB.com) was charged with a blown save as he entered with a one-run lead in the seventh and gave up three hits including a two-RBI double ripped to left that gave Norfolk a 5-4 lead. Aro, a 6-foot, 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, has been scored upon in three of his six outings with Pawtucket since returning from his major league debut in late July with Boston where he allowed runs in all three of his appearances.
— Pawtucket took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on two-RBI doubles by Allen Craig and Humberto Quintero after leadoff walks to Quintin Berry and Jackie Bradley Jr. started the frame. The PawSox would have just three more hits after the first, with Quintero and third baseman Travis Shaw the only players finishing with multi-hit games.
The double snapped an 0-for-10 skid for Craig, who is hitting just .227 (15-for-66) in July after a .235 June (19-for-81). The double on Thursday for Craig, 31, was only his second extra-base hit in his last 18 games.
|Red Sox Minor League Notebook: Henry Owens ‘starting to figure some things out'; Best defensive shortstop in minors?||07.23.15 at 11:20 am ET|
With Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson both making their big league debuts this season, the third left-hander who began the year in Pawtucket, Henry Owens, seemingly is next in line.
Owens, who turned 23 this week, quickly rose through the Red Sox organization after being drafted in the supplemental first-round in the 2011 draft, reaching Double-A at age 20. He debuted with the PawSox last July and went 3-1 with a 4.03 ERA.
The 6-foot-6 lefty hasn’t had the best of season’s this year, as he is 3-7 with a 3.26 ERA, but has walked 54 batters in 110 1/3 innings. Just a month ago he had the most walks of any pitcher in Triple-A or the majors.
“There’s a lot of experienced hitters that are going to have — he’s trying to command the strike zone with his pitches and a lot of the veteran Triple-A guys, that’s what they do. They command the strike zone as hitters, too,” Red Sox minor league pitching coordinator Ralph Treuel said. “They are not going to swing at pitches out of the strike zone maybe they were swinging at in Double-A. That’s part of the process. It’s made Henry a much better pitcher because the competition he’s facing there and ultimately what he’s going to face in the big leagues, those guys know the strike zone.”
Owens has pitched better of late, not walking more than two batters in a game in each of his last seven starts going into Thursday’s outing.
“I think he realized he needed to get more consistent with his delivery,” Treuel said. “Bob Kipper’s (Pawtucket pitching coach) done a really good job with him. We say just getting into a stronger, more compact position over the rubber. I think this has allowed him to leverage his fastball to both sides of the plate a lot more consistently.”
The California native was drafted out of high school, so he would just be graduating college if he didn’t sign right away. Being a player coming out of high school, his path is going to be more gradual than a player coming from college who has more experience.
It’s to this point where those in the Red Sox organization have stayed patient with Owens, realizing he still has room to grow. For example, Johnson was selected in the first-round of the 2012 draft, a year after Owens, but Johnson had three years of experience at the University of Florida.
“I think the biggest thing with Henry, just like any other high schooler, he came in and the body just isn’t fully developed,” Treuel said. “Still at 22, the coordination, especially a 6-foot-6 left-hander — he’s starting to figure out what to do with his body right now. That’s why we’re seeing for me, a much better, more polished pitcher the last couple of months. I think he’s starting to figure some things out.”
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens K’s 9 in PawSox win; Sam Travis almost the hero in Portland||07.19.15 at 12:45 pm ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (41-53): W, 5-1, at Durham (Rays)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) struck out nine for the second start in a row, earning the victory (3-7, 3.26 ERA) with a final line of: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO (96 pitches, 59 strikes). Owens was removed after a leadoff double in the seventh inning, with Owens’ only allowed run coming in to score with reliever Matt Barnes on the mound (a wild pitch and ensuing sacrifice fly scored the run).
Owens, 22, walked two batters with two outs in the second but used a 77 mph offspeed pitch on a 3-2 offering to get out of the jam. In the fourth, Owens had his ranging velocities on display as he struck out the side, whiffing the first two on fastballs that registered 89 and 90 mph on the Durham Park radar gun, then ending the frame with a big, slow 73 mph curveball.
It was the eight start this season that Owens, a 6-foot-6 lefty, has allowed one earned run or less while going five or more innings. A first-round selection by Boston in the 2011 draft (36th overall), Owens has pitched six or more innings in seven straight outings, with a 2.73 ERA (46 IP/ 14 ER) over that span while striking out 43 and walking 12. Owens’ 94 strikeouts this year are the second most in the International League.
— Shortstop Marco Hernandez scored Pawtucket’s first run after a single in the third, keeping his hitting streak alive at 16 games as he’s hit in each of his first three games in Triple-A. Hernandez, 22, was leading the Double-A Eastern League with an average of .326 when he was promoted after the All-Star break. So far in Pawtucket he’s gone 6-for-13 (.462) with a homer, a double and five runs scored.
— Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and right fielder Rusney Castillo had multi-hit games for the PawSox, with Bradley going 3-for-5 and Castillo 2-for-4. Bradley’s single in the seventh scored two and gave Pawtucket a 4-0 lead; his .317 average is third best in the International League.
— RHP Ronald Belisario made his Pawtucket debut and pitched a perfect ninth, striking out a batter on a 94 mph fastball. The 32-year-old Belisario was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay earlier this month after pitching much of the season for Triple-A Durham. Belisario pitched in just six games in the majors this year and recently was placed on waivers after giving up seven earned runs in eight innings. The veteran has pitched in 341 major league games in his career with the Dodgers, White Sox and Rays, earning a lifetime 3.85 ERA over 339 innings dating back to 2009.
|Monday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens takes loss after 1 trouble inning; Yoan Moncada stays hot||07.06.15 at 8:05 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Sunday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-47): L, 4-1, at Syracuse (Nationals)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) had just one trouble inning, with less-than-perfect defense played behind him, but it was enough to saddle Owens with the loss and drop his record to 2-7 on the season while tarnishing his final line: 6 2/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO (102 pitches, 65 strikes).
In the third, a leadoff walk and double against Owens gave Syracuse a 1-0 lead. After a bunt single put two aboard, Owens induced back-to-back ground balls to third, the second of which probably could have been a double play if not for a drop on the exchange by second baseman Mike Miller. Instead, another run crossed the plate and Owens then allowed a two-run homer to center by Syracuse cleanup hitter Kevin Keyes.
Owens, 22, recovered to retire 12 of the final 13 batters he faced. The seven strikeouts tied a season high for Owens, as did the four earned runs allowed. A 6-foot-6 lefty from Huntington Beach, California, Owens was selected by Boston with the 36th overall pick of the 2011 draft out of high school. In 2014 Owens was 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA over 26 combined starts between Double-A Portland and Pawtucket.
— RHP Dayan Diaz made his sixth straight scoreless appearance out of the bullpen, adding 1 1/3 spotless innings of action to his ledger on Sunday. The 26-year-old Colombian, signed by the Red Sox as a minor league free agent in 2013, was promoted to Triple-A this year on May 11 after striking out 17 in 15 2/3 innings with Double-A Portland. Since June 13 Diaz has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts to four walks.
— The PawSox offense managed just four hits in the game, including one from rehabbing right fielder Daniel Nava (sprained thumb). The 32-year-old Nava also stole a base and now is 2-for-8 through three rehab games. The final 14 Pawtucket batters were retired in order on Sunday.
— Center fielder Rusney Castillo went 0-for-3 with a walk, as did Allen Craig as the DH.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens takes no-hitter into seventh, but loses; Shane Victorino plays 9 innings in Portland||07.01.15 at 8:51 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (38-42): L, 1-0, at Rochester (Twins)
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just two hits, but got no run support and took the loss (2-6, 3.28 ERA) with a final line of: 7 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO (98 pitches, 60 strikes). Owens was perfect through four before walking the leadoff batter in the fifth. He continued with a no-hitter into the seventh before allowing a leadoff double. A ground out and sacrifice fly would bring that runner home and provide the difference on the scoreboard.
It was the fourth straight quality start for Owens, who was selected by Boston in the first-round of the 2011 draft (36th overall). However, Owens has not won a game since May 5, a span of 12 starts. The 22-year-old finished June with an 0-3 mark in six outings with a 3.47 ERA, compiling 27 strikeouts to 13 walks in 36 1/3 innings.
— RHP Pat Light (Boston’s No. 26 prospect at MLB.com) replaced Owens in the eighth after a leadoff double and a strikeout. Light, 24, allowed a single, but stranded two runners as he came back with a strikeout of his own on a split-finger fastball, followed by a pop-out to end the inning. A 2012 first-round draft choice and this year converted to a reliever, Light has now rebounded with two straight scoreless appearances since blowing back-to-back saves on June 21 and June 24.
— Big leaguer Ervin Santana held the Pawtucket offense in check, giving up just five hits while walking not walking a batter over eight scoreless innings. Santana completed his three-game Triple-A build up to rejoining Minnesota after his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The PawSox had two aboard in only one inning, the eighth, but second baseman Sean Coyle (Boston’s No. 13 prospect at MLB.com) popped out to end the chance.
|Friday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens, Shane Victorino look sharp; Sam Travis, Manuel Margot give Double-A jolt; Yoan Moncada breaks out with offense||06.26.15 at 9:55 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Thursday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (36-38): L, 6-5, vs. Rochester (Twins)
— It was a busy day for transactions involving the PawSox, with center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr., shortstop Deven Marrero and RHP Jonathan Aro getting called up to Boston and starter Joe Kelly being optioned to Pawtucket, in addition to infielder Jeff Bianchi being outrighted to the PawSox. RHP Steven Wright also reported to Pawtucket and was activated, as was infielder Jemile Weeks off of the DL.
Kelly is scheduled to start Sunday June 28 for the PawSox, a 1:05 p.m. start against Gwinnett.
— The rehab assignments of outfielder Shane Victorino (calf) and catcher Ryan Hanigan (hand) continued, with Victorino going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and Hanigan going 0-for-2 with a walk. Each played six innings, with Hanigan getting behind the plate on defense for the second time this week in addition to getting a game as the DH.
Victorino ripped a double down the left-field line in the third off Twins RHP Ervin Santana (eligible to return from major league suspension July 5), and Victorino appeared to run the bases and navigate the field without an issue. Victorino made three routine putouts in right field.
— Pawtucket greeted Santana rudely, with leadoff hitter Rusney Castillo taking the first pitch from the right hander over the right-center wall for this third Triple-A homer on the season. Castillo, who played center field, was 2-for-5 on the night with two runs scored plus his seventh stolen base. Castillo is 4-for-10 over his first two games with the PawSox since his demotion from Boston.
— DH Carlos Peguero also homered off of Santana, a mammoth two-run shot that cleared the McCoy Stadium right-field seats and advertising signs and landed in the parking lot. Peguero turned on an inside fastball for the blast, giving him four homers in his last seven games for Pawtucket. The 28-year-old Dominican went 3-for-5 and now has a slash line of .394/.432/.818 in eight games in Triple-A.
— LHP Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) got the start for the PawSox, producing a quality line of 6 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO (103 pitches, 66 strikes). It was Owens’ longest outing of the season, as well as his highest pitch count. Owens, 22, did not allow a hit during the first three innings, giving up just a walk, before getting touched up for two runs in the fourth on four singles. He escaped further damage by inducing a double play to end the frame. Owens then allowed a leadoff home run in the fifth before retiring the final eight batters he faced.
Owens has kept his walk numbers down over the past three starts, giving up just four free passes in 19 innings while striking out 14 in that span.
|Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens quality; Carlos Peguero, Sam Travis, Marco Hernandez mashing||06.21.15 at 12:00 pm ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday:
TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (34-35): W, 5-4, at Gwinnett (Braves)
— Left-hander Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) allowed a two-run double in the third inning but finished strong by retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced for a final no-decision line of 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Owens, 22, recorded the first out of the seventh with the game tied 2-2 before bring pulled with his pitch count at 100 (65 strikes). The 6-foot-6 Owens has produced back-to-back quality starts, and although he has walked 45 batters on the season to lead the International League, Owens has walked just three batters over his last two outings (12 1/3 IP). In 14 total starts Owens is 2-5 with a 3.40 ERA and just a .193 batting average against; right-handed batters are connecting at just a .180 clip.
— Right fielder Carlos Peguero hit another home run, his third in two nights, to go with a wall-ball double to center field and a walk on a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Peguero, 28, homered in the fourth inning on an opposite-field shot after fouling off a difficult 2-2 pitch to stay alive. Peguero’s double came on the first pitch he saw in the sixth frame. Acquired on May 27 from the Rangers organization, Peguero saw just six plate appearances in Boston before being designated for assignment. After electing free agency, he agreed on a minor league deal with the Red Sox and since being activated has gone 6-for-12 with three homers, two doubles, and seven RBIs. A 6-foot-5 lefty batter, Peguero hit 30 homers in 2014 in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for Omaha.
— Colombian RHP Dayan Diaz earned his first save for Pawtucket, escaping a jam in the eighth with no outs and the trying run at third, then striking out two in a perfect ninth to lock down the 5-4 win. Diaz, 26, has been mostly used as a multi-inning reliever this year between Double-A Portland and the PawSox (promoted on May 11). In his first Triple-A action over 18 2/3 innings with Pawtucket Diaz has allowed eight runs, striking out 18 and walking five while also allowing three home runs.
|Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Control problems continue for Henry Owens; Jorge Marban, Trey Ball stack zeroes||06.10.15 at 8:29 am ET|
A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday:
— Henry Owens (Boston’s No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) fell to 2-5 on the year (3.64 ERA), struggling with control yet again as he walked four and was charged with a wild pitch, in addition to giving up a three-run home run and allowing four stolen bases. Owens threw 98 pitches over just five innings, allowing four runs, three of them earned. Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said Owens’ lower-half “seemed a little out of sync” throughout the night. On the year, Owens has walked 42 batters in 64 1/3 innings, six more walks than anyone else in the International League.
— Righty reliever Jonathan Aro pitched three scoreless innings, extending his streak to 12 straight scoreless innings of relief over his last five appearances to go with 16 strikeouts. Aro, a 24-year-old Dominican, was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland on May 14. “He’s got some deception to him,” Boles said after the game. “Fastball is sneaky with a good feel for the slider, and he attacks the zone.” Aro’s fastball peaked at 96 on the McCoy Stadium radar gun.
— Former first-round draft pick Pat Light (37th overall in 2012) joined the PawSox bullpen as he was promoted from Double-A Portland, where he allowed just one earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings. Making his conversion from starter to reliever this year, Light consistently throws in the high 90s, saying he’s touched triple digits “a few times.” Boles said he doesn’t name a closer in Pawtucket due to frequent changes of personnel, but that the decision on how many high-leverage situations Light will get will “come from up top.”
— Light’s fellow 2012 first-round draft pick Deven Marrero was held out for the second straight game due to illness. Mike Miller started at shortstop in Marrero’s place and cracked two doubles from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
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