With a disappointing first-half of the season coming to a close for the Red Sox, fans got a taste of the depth and talent that the organization has to offer in yesterdays Futures Game.
The start of the day for Boston was left-handed starter Henry Owens, who tossed a shutout inning for the U.S. team that ended up winning yesterdays contest.
Owens is has been with Double-A Portland all season long and is 12-3 with a microscopic 2.21 ERA. To me, his delivery looks a lot like Andrew Miller, but he has a lot easier time getting more zip and movement on his fastballs.
The 21-year old is likely to finish this season in the Red Sox farm system, hopefully getting a shot at Triple-A Pawtucket where many of the team’s youngsters stopped before being promoted to the big-league roster. When the Red Sox expand their Major League squad in September, Owens could make a spot-start, or maybe another left-handed arm out of the bullpen.
He wasn’t the only Red Sox prospect to play in the Futures Game as Sean Coyle, who also played for the U.S. team, finishing 0-for-2 on the day. Coyle is Owens teammate with the Double-A Portland and he is hitting a robust .336 with 11 homers and 47 RBI. He also has 13 steals without being caught once.
Mookie Betts and Christian Vazquez were selected to play, but since they are playing with Boston, they are were not going to be playing in this one. The future is bright in Boston, even if the second half of this season doesn’t end with the Red Sox defending their championship in October. Something tells me that with these young talents, Boston will be back in the Fall Classic sooner rather than later.