Owens dazzles in Triple-A debut

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens made his Triple-A debut for the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday night at McCoy Stadium, and he did not disappoint.

The 22-year-old left-hander worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed two hits and three walks, with nine strikeouts. He tossed 100 pitches (70 strikes) and hit a batter.

Owens retired 16 of the first 19 batters he faced before allowing an infield single in the top of the sixth inning. His fastball topped out at 94, but his off-speed pitches were nasty as he routinely and consistently dropped in his curveball and changeup at 69 and 70 mph.

When he was removed with two outs and two on in the top of the seventh, Owens received a standing ovation and politely tipped his cap to the fans.

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