Henry Owens, who turned 21 on Sunday, may be the best pitcher in the minor leagues at the moment. The tall lefthander has thrown 15 consecutive no-hit innings for Single A Salem since July 11.
His latest gem came Monday night at Potomac when Owens threw five shutout innings with three walks and nine strikeouts. In his last two starts, Owens has thrown 11 shutout innings with nine walks and 19 strikeouts. During that time, only three balls have left the infield.
Owens (8-4) has dropped his ERA to 2.78. Opponents have just 62 hits in 97 innings against him this year.
(Thanks to Evan Lepler, Salem's director of broadcasting and media relations, for some of this information).