The Boston Red Sox announced Friday that eight non-roster players will receive invites to major league spring training.
Owens is the headliner of the group. Ranked 20th on ESPN Insider Keith Law’s annual Top 100 prospects list, the 22-year-old left-hander went 17-5 with a 2.94 ERA in 159 innings between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last season. Owens’ 170 strikeouts ranked fourth in the minor leagues.
Pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers on Feb. 20; the rest of the team will begin workouts Feb. 25.