Top five Red Sox players age 25 and under
Feb 21, 2014; Ft Myers, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Henry Owens (76) throws during spring training at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
3. Henry Owens, 22 years old
Another member of the vaunted 2011 Red Sox draft class, Owens has made good on his exciting potential since joining the Red Sox organization. Owens first caught the eyes of prospect watchers when he struck out 11.5 batters per nine innings with Single-A Greenville in 2012 and, since then, has developed into an even better all around pitcher.
Owens had a breakout season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland last season, posting a 2.67 ERA and 11.3 K/9; however, there were still issues surrounding his command as he walked 4.5 per nine, an even higher mark than his 4.2 in 2012. In 2014, however, Owens has put those questions to rest by posting his second consecutive excellent season. Between the Sea Dogs and Triple-A PawSox, Owens has a 2.94 ERA and, while his strikeouts have dropped to a still impressive 9.6 K/9, his walks have also fallen significantly as his BB/9 stands at 3.3 this season. Owens is far and away the top pitching prospect in the Red Sox organization and he could very well be pitching in Boston by the end of next season.