Is Jon Lester's eventual replacement as the preeminent Red Sox lefthander one step closer to pitching at Fenway Park this morning?
Highly-touted lefthanded starter Henry Owens is being promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket today according to WEEI.com's Alex Speier.
Owens -- the No. 2 rated prospect in the Red Sox system -- has raised eyebrows with the eye-popping numbers he's put up for the Portland Sea Dogs this season. The tall lefty is 14-4 with a 2.60 ERA with 126 strikeouts and 47 walks on the season which includes two shutouts and three complete game efforts.
The 14 wins are a franchise record for the Sea Dogs and make Owens the winningest pitcher in the minor leagues this year.
The 22-year-old Owens went just five innings in his last outing for Portland on Tuesday, giving up two runs on six hits, with two walks and two hit-batters.
“I felt good,” Owens told the Portland Press Herald, “but my arm was maybe a little too loose. Had a bit of a run in on lefties (the two hit-batters). Don’t like to see that, but I moved on.”
Last month in Minneapolis during, Owens started the MLB All-Star Futures Game for the US and pitched a scoreless inning.
The 6-foot-6-inch Owens is taking the spot in the PawSox rotation vacated by Anthony Ranaudo, who will make his major league debut for the Red Sox when he takes the mound to face the Yankees at Fenway Park tonight.