They say you can never have too much pitching. The Red Sox are looking to put that truism to the test. In 2014, the Pawtucket Red Sox will likely start the season with Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Matt Barnes, Brandon Workman, and Anthony Ranaudo on the roster. Of those five, only Workman has never been placed on Baseball America's top-100 list, and he's coming off an MLB debut which saw him produce a 47:15 K:BB ratio in 42 innings of work, looking very effective indeed in a limited stint as a starter.
None of those five men is our top-ranked pitching prospect. No, that honor goes to the arm that will likely join them in Pawtucket not too long after the season begins: Henry Owens.
After a 2012 season which showed plenty of promise in spite of a high ERA, Owens made good by showing tremendous progress in 2013, zipping through High-A Salem before looking nigh-untouchable in 30 innings with the Portland Sea Dogs. He's got a fastball that moves, a mean curve, and according to Baseball America the system's best changeup. He's not overpowering on the mound, but he knows how to pitch, and at 21 years of age still has plenty of room left to grow. Whether he'll ever wind up leading a rotation depends on who you ask, but he'll be a good pitcher for a long time.
- Xander Bogaerts, SS
- Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
- Garin Cecchini, 3B
- Henry Owens, LHP
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