The Red Sox came into this season with three highly-touted left-handed pitching prospects, and now all three are in the majors. According to manager John Farrell, starter Henry Owens will be promoted to the major-league team and make his debut on Tuesday against the Yankees.
Owens joins Eduardo Rodriguez and Brian Johnson as the organization's prized lefties to make their debuts this season, and came in to the season as the most highly-touted of the three. Baseball America ranked Owens as the second-best prospect in the Red Sox' system and the 44th-best prospect in all of baseball before the season, and he was the 47th-best prospect in the game at midseason.
Owens, 23, was the 36th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Edinson High School in California, and has been highly-regarded for high strikeout rate and effective changeup throughout his minor-league career. He has posted a 3.16 ERA in 21 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket this season, leading to a promotion that will have him join Rodriguez, Wade Miley, Joe Kelly and Stephen Wright in a transitioning Red Sox' rotation that has endured struggles and injuries from Clay Buchholz, Rick Porcello and Justin Masterson so far this season.