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Red Sox Minor Lines: Henry Owens keeps walking opponents

With two rainouts on Thursday, it’s an abbreviated edition of Minor Lines.

Pawtucket L 4-6

Rusney Castillo: 0-4, 1 K

Josh Rutledge: 0-2, 1 K

Bryce Brentz: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI

Deven Marrero: 0-3, 1 K

Henry Owens: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 8 K

Ben Taylor: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Is it time to give up on Henry Owens ever taking that next step? Probably not, particularly with the lack of pitching depth in the organization, but it’s getting frustrating. He clearly has the strikeout stuff — he has 20 strikeouts in 15 23 innings — but he also can’t seem to get his control in check even with his revamped delivery. After walking basically a batter per inning in this one, he’s up to ten free passes on the season. He’s still young enough to make the leap, but at some point it’ll be time to see if he can get under control in short stints.

Portland PPD

Salem PPD

Greenville L 1-6

Santiago Espinal: 0-4

Bobby Dalbec: 0-4, 2 K

Yoan Aybar: 1-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Lorenzo Cedrola: 1-3, 2 K

Slow day for the Drive’s offense, particularly with Tyler Hill getting the day off in left field. Dalbec had one of his strikeout days, and is up to 19 strikeouts on the year and is striking out about a third of the time so far in 2017. The potential is clearly still there, and he remains one of the most exciting bats in the system, but he still has to cut down on his long swing just a bit. I was surprised to see him in Greenville rather than Salem to start the year, but it was probably the right call.