Which Pitchers Will Make their Red Sox Debut in 2015?

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With Spring Training rolling around the corner, fans will have an opportunity to get a glimpse at some new, young talent; a look at some guys who could potentially make an impact on the Boston Red Sox this year. Of course, there will be the same young players who could impact the team, but there are even younger, even newer players to keep an eye out for.
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In terms of pitching, the Red Sox top three pitching prospects are all set to start off the 2015 season as members of the Paw Sox rotation. Henry Owens, Brian Johnson and Eduardo Rodriguez are all left-handed starting pitchers who were dominant in their time with the Red Sox organization last year.
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red soxTo the surprise of many, Henry Owens is not a power pitcher despite standing tall at 6ft7. He is more of a finesse guy and the power pitchers of the bunch being Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson who occasionally top out at 97 MPH and 95 MPH respectively. Right now, Owens and Rodriguez are on the 40-man roster but if Johnson pitches up to his ability, there is no reason why he should not get the call.

Although no new relievers are on the 40-man roster right now, things could soon change. Slated to start off the 2015 season in Pawtucket are two relievers who could end up helping the big league club if they make their MLB debuts this season— 2011 fourth round draft pick Noe Ramirez and Cuban defector Dalier Hinojosa.
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Ramirez spent most of his year last year in AA Portland where he posted a 2.14 ERA in 42 outings totaling 67.1 innings. Hinojosa on the other hand, was a Paw Sox reliever the entire season and despite struggling early, he turned his year around by posting a 1.57 ERA in his final 23 innings of work.

Working in their favor is the fact that they can be stretched out and give a team multiple innings in relief. Working against them is that neither of them are on the 40-man roster— yet.
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Henry Owens Sharp As Paw Sox Clinch Playoff Birth

henry owensIt certainly was not a conventional baseball game Sunday at McCoy Stadium. A three-and-a-half hour game with a two-and-a-half hour rain delay, it was a long one to say the least. Henry Owens took the hill for Pawtucket earning the win, his 17th win on the year between AA Portland and AAA Pawtucket. In the end, the Paw Sox came out on top 10-4 as they clinched a Wild Card spot in the Governor’s Cup playoffs.
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Luck did not appear to be on Owens side, who gave up four runs over the course of six innings despite allowing just five base runners. He struck out nine while walking a pair, showing flashes of dominance at times while looking shaky at others.

“Tonight was kind of a back-and-forth outing,” Owens said following the win. “I didn’t have the best command on all my pitches. Giving up back-to-back walks in that third inning kind of killed me, but we put up a lot of runs so I was pretty happy — it kept us in the game”.
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For example in the fifth inning, Owens gave up a solo shot to Eric Farris, his fourth of the season.

“If I’m going to give up dingers, I’ll accept the solo ones,” he said. “But again, walking two guys before I get an out usually ends up with a crooked number on the board”.

As for the adjustment from AA to AAA Owens does not see too much of a difference.

“I feel like it’s the same thing, just trying to limit mistakes in your outings, trying to stay in the strike zone, but not over the plate and tonight I was probably over the plate a little too much,” he added. “I mean, the two walks then I threw a change-up and a guy hit a double. I threw another change-up and another guy hit a double. I just got to finish my pitches a little bit better”.
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Rated as the third best Boston Red Sox prospect, there is plenty of hype about Henry Owens already. Earning Eastern League Pitcher of the Year only added to that hype as have his outings in Pawtucket. In six outings, he owns a 4.03 ERA totaling 38 innings and is showing impressive command, walking 12 while striking out 44.

When asked if he could contribute at the Major League level right now, Owens kept his answer short and clear.

“Absolutely…”