Owens allowed one run (unearned) on two hits and four walks while striking out 10 over six innings for Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.
Owens reworked his delivery late in spring training and has been effective ever since. The left-hander still has some control issues, but more of his pitches are around the zone, where his stuff will play. Through two starts, Owens has a 0.82 ERA. He appears to be owning this new delivery, and the initial promising results have led to a more confident pitcher.
Owens walked just three batters over 12 innings in his final two spring outings, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
The lanky left-hander reconfigured his windup to more closely approximate his delivery from the stretch and the results were encouraging. Owens' fastball sat at 90-92 mph -- up from the high-80s velocity he showed in 2016 -- and he elicited a number of swings-and-misses with his changeup. An Owens who can repeat his delivery, find a consistent release point and is more in command of his fastball would solve a lot of Boston's depth starter concerns.
Owens is simplifying his delivery to one that starts with a smaller step, Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
The changes in Owens' delivery is intended to improve his command and reduce the walks. The shorter step will hopefully lead to a more direct path to the plate and a consistent release point while eliminating all the movement. Manager John Farrell remains committed to fixing Owens who the manager still feels can be a depth starter for Boston.
Owens was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
Even though David Price (elbow) seems on course to open the season on the disabled list, Owens wasn't a serious contender to fill the void in the rotation, as Price's absence is expected to pave the way for both Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz to claim starting roles. It didn't help matters that Owens was lit up during spring training, surrendering 13 runs on 13 hits and 12 walks over just 7.1 innings. The lefty will presumably begin the 2017 campaign with Triple-A Pawtucket, but will need to remedy his control issues before warranting a longer look in the majors.
Owens issued four walks and threw almost as many balls (30) as strikes (31) over 2.1 innings Saturday against the Twins, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Owens' inability to throw strikes consistently has undermined what was once a highly touted pitching prospect. The left-hander has issued 12 free passes in 7.1 innings this spring, but the Red Sox aren't ready to give up on him. Manager John Farrell said they'll continue to work with Owens, starting with some side sessions and most likely including some mechanical tweaks.
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|2013||AFA-Salem Red Sox||8||5||2.92||20||20||0||0||0||104.2||66||39||34||6||7||53||123|
|2013||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||3||1||1.78||6||6||0||0||0||30.1||18||8||6||3||2||15||46|
|2014||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||3||1||4.03||6||6||0||0||0||38.0||32||17||17||4||3||12||44|
|2014||AA-Portland Sea Dogs||14||4||2.60||20||20||3||2||0||121.0||89||36||35||6||3||47||126|
|2015||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||3||8||3.16||21||21||0||0||0||122.1||84||47||43||7||3||56||103|
|2016||AAA-Pawtucket Red Sox||10||7||3.53||24||24||1||1||0||137.2||107||60||54||13||13||81||135|