Monday, June 6, 2011
No. 36: Sox select H.S. pitcher Owens
With the No. 36 pick, the Red Sox selected LHP Henry Owens from Edison H.S. in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Here’s a scouting report for ESPN.com’s Keith Law:
Owens won't show premium stuff today, but will show average stuff with an extremely projectable body and great deception that has been producing results in high school and at showcases for several years.
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Owens' fastball currently sits at 89-93 with a big, slow, upper-60s curveball that has good shape but needs better arm speed. His changeup is less consistent -- I've seen it 78-80 and effective, and I've seen it 76-78 and easier to pick up out of his hand.
Owens is long and very lean, and drifts through the balance point as he moves off the rubber, getting over his front side well but releasing the ball a little earlier than you'd expect given his height.
I'd like to see more present stuff from Owens given what else is in this draft, but the projection and deception are good enough to make him a first-round consideration.
Boston has one more pick tonight: