Henry Owens has been ready to face Triple-A hitters for quite some time now. The room was never there in Pawtucket, though, as the rotation in Boston was packed, and the Triple-A one faced the same issue. Now that both Jon Lester, John Lackey, Felix Doubront, and Jake Peavy have all been traded away, though, there is a surprising amount of room in Rhode Island.
That's why it's no surprise to see WEEI's Alex Speier report that Henry Owens has been promoted from Double-A Portland to Triple-A. Brandon Workman, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo, and Allen Webster are all in the majors instead of Pawtucket, and three of them are likely to stay there for most of the rest of the year, barring a horrendous performance. That means it's safe for Owens to finally head to Triple-A to try his hand at fooling International League batters with his deceptive fastball, loopy curve, and of course, his plus change-up.
Owens finishes parts of two seasons at Double-A with a 2.44 ERA over 151-1/3 innings, with 2.8 times as many strikeouts as walks thanks to putting up 172 and 62, respectively. His strikeouts were down the second time around, but he still whiffed 9.4 per nine, and shaved a walk off in the process. Triple-A is Owens' greatest challenge yet, but he showed us long ago that he's prepared for it.
The tall lefty is likely to finish the year out at Pawtucket and call it a season, as he doesn't need to be added to the 40-man roster for Rule 5 purposes until after the 2015 campaign. The Red Sox have enough pitching prospects to sort through in the majors as it is already, so Red Sox fans are going to have to wait just a little bit longer -- or head down to Pawtucket -- if they want to catch a glimpse of Honk anytime soon.