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Red Sox minor lines: The insanity of Henry Owens (and Sean Coyle too)

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Henry Owens is good. Really, really good. Sean Coyle isn't bad either.

Pawtucket W 3-2

Mookie Betts: 3-5, 2B, K
Will Middlebrooks: 1-3
Travis Shaw: 2-4, 3B, SB
Christian Vazquez: 0-4, 2 K
Alex Hassan: 1-3, BB, 2 K

Anthony Ranaudo: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR
Drake Britton: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

These are the first runs Ranaudo has allowed since June 1st. He's not really had a bad stretch in terms of runs this year, but peripherally speaking that June 1st game ended a stretch which saw him produce a 15:12 K:BB in 17.1 innings, and a 25:20 figure dating back to the beginning of May. In his 19.2 innings pitched since then, he's surrendered 10 hits and three walks, striking out 17. Rather better.

Portland W 4-2

Deven Marrero: 0-3, BB, K
Blake Swihart: 0-3, BB
Sean Coyle: 1-2, HR, BB
Keury De La Cruz: 1-4

Portland W 3-0 (In 7)

Blake Swihart: 0-1, 2 BB
Sean Coyle: 1-3, K
Keury De La Cruz: 1-3, K

Henry Owens: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K (CG)

Sean Coyle in Portland: 150 AB, .353/.419/.587, 10 SB in 10 attempts.

Mookie Betts in Portland: 214 AB, .355/.443/.551, 22 SB in 25 attempts.

I'll admit when I started making this comparison, I thought Coyle might actually come out looking better than Mookie. Obviously the real divide lies in Mookie's superhuman 20:35 K:BB vs. Coyle's mundane 39:13, but he certainly comes a lot closer than you might expect given the relatively low levels of hype.

Maybe it's all just being used up on Henry Owens, who has allowed one run in 35.2 innings dating back to May 19, which happens to be the last game he exhibited real control problems. In that span he's allowed 28 baserunners and struck out 32. His ERA is now under 2.00. Get this man to Pawtucket.

Salem L 1-5

Corey Littrell: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Greenville W 21-1 (Yes, 21-1)

Forrestt Allday: 1-4, 2 BB, K
Tzu-Wei Lin: 2-6, E
Wendell Rijo: 3-6, 3B
Manuel Margot: 1-4, 2 BB

Teddy Stankiewicz: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Honestly, while these performances are all pretty good, you'd kind of expect more from a 21-run game, right? Much of the work here was done by Tim Roberson, a 25-year-old first baseman with a .703 OPS recently demoted from Salem who went ahead and drove in seven with four doubles.

Lowell W 8-7

Andres Torres: 1-3, BB
Nick Longhi: 1-1
Sam Travis: 0-5, K

Nick Longhi got his one at bat pinch-hitting for Andres Torres, so it's not a "in, then injured" situation.

GCL Red Sox W 6-4

Jordon Austin: 0-2, 2 K

The GCL Red Sox season is underway, but they'll have to wait a couple days to get their exciting player in Rafael Devers. For now, there's only really Jordon Austin who, while quite the physical specimen, was really not ready for professional baseball last year, and isn't off to much of a start in proving he's ready this year. Kind of a Michael Almanzar situation in that regard if you're willing to look that far back.

DSL Red Sox L 4-5

Luis Alexander Basabe: 1-4, K
Rafael Devers: 1-4, 2 K