Henry Owens Could Be Future Ace of the Boston Red Sox

Henry OwensWith Jon Lester and John Lackey out of the rotation, the Boston Red Sox need a pitcher who can pitch as well if not better than the former No. 1 and No. 2 starters the team had entering 2014.

It might take some time before this happens, but Henry Owens should be a front of the line starter in the next couple seasons.

After dominating his way through the Red Sox farm system. the 22-year-old has finally reached Triple-A Pawtucket and threw 6.2 shutout innings while not allowing a hit through the first 5.1 frames. He struck out nine and walked just three while allowing two hits. He earned the 5-0 contest against the Columbus Clippers in his first start at the highest level of the Red Sox farm system.

Owens has shown signs of growth since his 4.87 ERA back in his first season at Greenville despite a 12=5 record. He allowed 55 runs and walked 47 batters while also striking out 130 batters in 101.2 innings of work.

Since then, the left-handed starter has dazzled with a staggering 304 strikeouts to just 118 walks. The walks will have to come down if he expects to be the No. 1 starter in the AL East, but it also helps that he strands baserunners most of the time.

The Red Sox are so high on Owens that his name has barely come up in trade talks this season and his 2.57 ERA since his first professional season at the age of 19 is a major reason way.

Ben Cherington and Co. need to hold on to this commodity as long as they possibly can and need to showcase his talents to the fans that pay the most in MLB for their tickets. It may not be this September, but by mid-May/June next season Owens should be up making an impact on this Red Sox rotation.

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