Red Sox: Henry Owens to Make MLB Debut Against Yankees


One of the most highly-touted prospects in the Boston Red Sox organization will make his much-anticipated major league debut on Tuesday in New York.

The Red Sox announced Sunday that Henry Owens will be recalled to start his first game in the bigs at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday. Owens, 23, has spent the entire 2015 season in Pawtucket. Owens has impressed at the Triple-A level, posting a 3.16 ERA in 21 starts.

Owens started off the season a bit rocky. His 3-8 record is reflective off the early season struggles, but he’s been absolutely lights out in recent weeks. In his last nine starts, Owens has logged at least six innings of work. He has racked up six or more strikeouts in four of his last five starts. In total this season, he has compiled 103 strikeouts in 122.1 innings.

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Red Sox manager John Farrell spoke about the news regarding Owens on Sunday, saying he struggled with commanding his body in spring training, but that he’s since corrected the issue.

“Coming out of spring training there was some work needed commanding his body as well as the baseball. And that’s been the case over the last four weeks or more. In a nutshell it’s more quality strikes throughout the entire time he’s on the mound,” Farrell said.

Farrell went on to talk about the massive stage which Owens will be debuting on.

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“It’s going to be probably the biggest stage that he’s going to make his debut on that the schedule has it. But ideally having another lefthander go against that lineup in that ballpark. So we’ll see him on Tuesday,” Farrell said.

In 2014, Owens split time between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket. He finished with a combined record of 17-5 record, striking out 170 batters over 159.0 innings of work.

According to ESPN’S Keith Law, Owens was listed 37th out of 50 prospects on his Midseason Top 50 ranking. 

Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright will follow Owens in the rotation against the Yankees.