With the Boston Red Sox starting rotation now wide open following the loss of Jon Lester and John Lackey, it’s time for the youngsters in the organization to make a name for themselves. Rookie Anthony Ranaudo was victorious in his Major League debut Friday. Henry Owens projects to be the next prospect to hit the mound at Fenway Park.
Owens was promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A Pawtucket Friday. Owens’ ascension through Boston’s system is an indication of how quickly he’s progressed. It’s only a matter of time before Owens is summons to the Bigs.
Baseball America ranks Owens as Boston’s second best prospect. Ratings aside, the 22-year-old’s statistics speak loudly. Owens went 14-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 22 starts with the Sea Dogs this season. He notched 126 strikeouts in 121 innings. He even tossed a no-hitter in his first start of the year.
The 6-foot-7 southpaw was drafted by the team in 2011 and began his career pitching for the Greenville Drive in North Carolina. After some fine tuning and hard work, Owens is now one step away from the show. If he continues to blossom at the Triple-A level, expect the Red Sox to promote him.
Owens is slated to make his Paw Sox debut Monday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Boston’s rotation figures to be loaded with young guns come next season and Owens will likely be one of them. Look for him, alongside Rubby De La Rosa, Clay Buchholz, Joe Kelly and Ranaudo to be called upon in the future.