Yesterday, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to watch the Pawtucket Red Sox (Red Sox Triple-A affiliate) and the Rochester Red Wings (Twins Triple-A affiliate) at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Starting for Pawtucket was right-handed pitcher Henry Owens.
Owens, 24, was ranked as high as the 19th-best prospect in the minor leagues (from MLB.com) prior to the 2015 season. He lost prospect status after pitching 63 big league innings last year, but he has not quite become a big league regular with Boston.
The team once again tried him out in the rotation this year, but his struggles continued. In three starts, Owens posted a 5.11 ERA (seven earned runs in 12 1/3 innings) and a horrific 9 to 13 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
After a disastrous six walk in three innings outing against the White Sox on May 5, Owens found himself back in the minor leagues.
On Tuesday, this is what I saw:
Owens' final line was: 5 innings, 5 hits, 2 runs (earned), two walks, 9 strikeouts, 100 pitches (63 strikes).