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2014 Red Sox top prospect voting #5: Henry Owens leads the pitchers

The Red Sox have tons of pitching talent in Triple-A, but it's Double-A arm Henry Owens who leads the pack.

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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.

  1. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  2. Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
  3. Garin Cecchini, 3B
  4. Henry Owens, LHP

Now that we've got one pitcher down, are the floodgates about to open?

A reminder of how this works: I'll name candidates in the comments below, and you rec the comment of the player you want to vote for. For those unfamiliar with how to go about that, just click "actions" underneath the comment and then "rec." Nice and easy, though you do have to be a member to join in.

On the off chance I forget or otherwise leave someone out, you are free to start your own voting thread for that player. I'll even give it a rec of my own to make up for your vote.

As for rules, please stick to just the one vote. That's about it.

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