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The Red Sox traded away four starting pitchers at the trade deadline last week in hopes that their young prospects could begin to develop at the Major League level, and Henry Owens did his part to reinforce their decision in his Triple-A debut.
The lefty from Huntington Beach, CA took the mound for the Pawtucket Red Sox on Monday night and dazzled from start to finish. He pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out 9 and allowing only 2 hits. He showed tremendous poise on the mound, throwing 70 pitches for strikes out of his 100 total.
He struck out the first four batters of the game, and continued to make batters look silly all night with great command of his curveball, changeup, and fastball which hit as high as 93 mph.
“There is no fear. He trusts himself to throw his pitches in any point in the count and all three pitches,” said PawSox manager Kevin Boles. “It’s not just the fastball, but to utilize that breaking ball and changeup and have that mix, the poise and composure, he doesn’t let the game speed up.”
The Sox certainly have great reason to have all the faith in the world in this kid, and rightfully so. With so many youngsters on the mound at Fenway, it certainly wouldn’t be shocking to see Owens up for a Major League appearance before season’s end.