Henry Owens, LHP
Owens has been doing better of late, but he's not where you can say he's finished with Double-A hitters yet. The walks are still there, and are still a problem even if he's not paying for it. I don't mean to pick on him, because believe me, there is little wrong with 28 strikeouts in 21-2/3 innings over four starts, especially in conjunction with a 2.49 ERA. He still managed to walk 15 in that stretch, though, or over six per nine innings, so he can probably skip apartment hunting in Rhode Island for now.
He'll likely be there before year's end, however, especially if this isn't a blip and is the start of Owens adjusting to the adjustments made by Eastern League hitters. He needs to keep the ball down and in the zone to be at his best, and while we've seen that before, there are still inconsistencies in his game that keep it from being a constant. He can be a productive pitcher if these inconsistencies never go away, but he'll be a far better starter if they do.
Deven Marrero, SS
Marrero has been mashing lately, hitting .350/.409/.500 over his last 10 games and .274/.369/.466 overall in May. He's drawing walks 11 percent of the time, but hasn't looked passive or like he's trying to force a walk: Marrero has done a solid job of attacking pitches he can put good wood on, and it's resulted in what could be the start of his breakout campaign at the plate. It's a small sample, but it's also a positive that Marrero isn't just hitting well at the Sea Dogs' home field, which helps boost doubles thanks to the Maine Monster, a Green Monster-inspired wall, in left. He's also been doing solid work against right-handed pitchers -- considering Marrero's struggles at the plate in 2013, that's another step in the right direction.
Defensively, he's as solid as ever. He's not a flashy shortstop, but he can range and has an arm when he has to:
Whether he'll turn into something that makes displacing Xander Bogaerts from shortstop a necessity remains to be seen, but hey, it could happen.
Sean Coyle, 3B
Coyle is still on the disabled list -- where he's been since April 28 -- with an undisclosed injury according to Sox Prospects' injury report. It's a shame, too, much as it was last year when he missed time on the DL, as Coyle has been producing in his limited time on the field. He was performing just as well, if not better, than he did for High-A Salem in last summer's 48 games, this time with some extra batting average tossed in.
Coyle has spent most of his time at third base for the Sea Dogs, with a few games sprinkled in at second and designated hitter. One wonders if, with Mookie Betts moving to the outfield at least part of the time in order to acclimate him to that role, if Coyle will be allowed to return to the position he's most familiar with once he returns from whatever has caused him to miss almost an entire month of development.