Henry Owens

Sunday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens quality; Carlos Peguero, Sam Travis, Marco Hernandez mashing

Ken Laird
June 21, 2015 - 8:00 am
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A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Saturday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (34-35): W, 5-4, at Gwinnett (Braves) -- Left-hander Henry Owens (Boston'€™s No. 2 prospect at MLB.com) allowed a two-run double in the third inning but finished strong by retiring 12 of the last 13 batters he faced for a final no-decision line of 6.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO. Owens, 22, recorded the first out of the seventh with the game tied 2-2 before bring pulled with his pitch count at 100 (65 strikes). The 6-foot-6 Owens has produced back-to-back quality starts, and although he has walked 45 batters on the season to lead the International League, Owens has walked just three batters over his last two outings (12 1/3 IP). In 14 total starts Owens is 2-5 with a 3.40 ERA and just a .193 batting average against; right-handed batters are connecting at just a .180 clip. -- Right fielder Carlos Peguero hit another home run, his third in two nights, to go with a wall-ball double to center field and a walk on a 2-for-4 night at the plate. Peguero, 28, homered in the fourth inning on an opposite-field shot after fouling off a difficult 2-2 pitch to stay alive. Peguero'€™s double came on the first pitch he saw in the sixth frame. Acquired on May 27 from the Rangers organization, Peguero saw just six plate appearances in Boston before being designated for assignment. After electing free agency, he agreed on a minor league deal with the Red Sox and since being activated has gone 6-for-12 with three homers, two doubles, and seven RBIs. A 6-foot-5 lefty batter, Peguero hit 30 homers in 2014 in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League for Omaha. -- Colombian RHP Dayan Diaz earned his first save for Pawtucket, escaping a jam in the eighth with no outs and the trying run at third, then striking out two in a perfect ninth to lock down the 5-4 win. Diaz, 26, has been mostly used as a multi-inning reliever this year between Double-A Portland and the PawSox (promoted on May 11). In his first Triple-A action over 18 2/3 innings with Pawtucket Diaz has allowed eight runs, striking out 18 and walking five while also allowing three home runs. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (26-42): L, 3-2, at Reading (Phillies) -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez ripped a two-run homer to right in the third to plate both Portland runs. It was the second homer of the week Portland'€™s leadoff hitter and third on the season. Hernandez is hitting an impressive .303 over 46 games for Portland, although his on-base percentage sits at only .328 as Hernandez has drawn just seven walks. The 22-year-old lefty bat, acquired from Chicago in 2014 in the Felix Doubront trade, has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games. -- Second baseman Carlos Asuaje had two of the four Portland hits, his first multi-hit game since June 3, extending his hitting streak to four games (5-for-13, seven RBIs). Asuaje, 23, has reached base safely in 52 of his 61 games this season, all with Double-A Portland, with a .251/.358/.383 slash line. Selected in Round 11 of the 2013 draft by Boston, Asuaje spent last season split between Single-A Greenville and High-A Salem and had an impressive line of .310/.393/.533. -- The Portland bullpen continued to excel, with Miguel Celestino the latest to contribute a shutout relief effort. Celestino pitched two scoreless frames, striking out two, giving Portland'€™s bullpen a collective ERA of 1.00 over its last 72 innings (eight earned runs allowed). Celestino, a 6-foot-6 righty, has pitched four scoreless innings since being sent down from Triple-A Pawtucket on June 16. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (38-31): L, 8-2, Game 1 (completion of suspended game from June 2); W, 7-2, Game 2, at Winston-Salem (White Sox) -- Ty Buttrey didn't pitch on Saturday afternoon, but the Salem RHP took the loss (4-1) all the same as, after a 17-day delay, Winston-Salem extended its 3-0 lead from a suspended game from June 2 and cruised to an 8-2 win. RHP Taylor Grover started on the mound for Salem on Saturday, technically in relief of Buttrey, and was charged with three earned runs over his 4 1/3 innings. -- Salem had a much better second game of the quasi-doubleheader, racking up 12 hits in the seven inning nightcap and jumping out to a first inning lead courtesy of a Manuel Margot leadoff homer, his third of the season. Margot, 20, was 2-for-4, his fourth multi-hit game in his last five (9-for-20) as he'€™s raised his average from .261 to .282 in just five days. Margot (Boston'€™s No. 5 prospect at MLB.com) also had a diving catch in center field in the sixth inning to take away a hit. -- Sam Travis (Boston'€™s No. 14 prospect at MLB.com) also had a two-hit night, including an RBI triple in the first, extending his Carolina League-best hit total to 77. Travis is white-hot in June, with nine multi-hit games and a .406/.474/.638 slash line in 18 games this month. A 2014 second-round draft choice out of Indiana University, Travis hit .316 with seven homers last year between short-season Single-A Lowell and Single-A Greenville. -- RHP Teddy Stankiewicz (Boston'€™s No. 19 prospect at MLB.com) earned the victory (2-8, 3.89 ERA) with a line of: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO. The two runs came via a fourth-inning two-run home run by Winston-Salem. A 2013 second-round draft choice out of Seminole State College in Oklahoma, the 6-foot-4 Stankiewicz has allowed two earned in each of his last three starts. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (38-31): W, 3-0, at Lakewood (Phillies) -- Catcher Jordan Procyshen drove in two runs, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third to score Rafael Devers (Boston'€™s No. 4 prospect at MLB.com), who had doubled earlier in the inning. Procyshen, a 22-year-old lefty bat from Canada who was drafted in 2014 out of Northern Kentucky, is hitting .284 this season over 50 games played. Procyshen hit .310 in May and has followed that up with a .296 June, already matching his 10 RBIs from the prior month. -- LHP Dedgar Jimenez threw six shutout innings, allowing five hits with two strikeouts and no walks, to improve his record to 5-3. The 19-year-old Venezuelan has allowed three earned runs or less in nine of 10 starts this year, with 36 strikeouts to just nine walks in 52 2/3 innings. Jimenez was signed by Boston in July of 2012 as an international free agent. -- Yoan Moncada (Boston'€™s No. 1 prospect at MLB.com) continues to struggle, taking an 0-for-4 and dropping his average to .200. The 20-year-old Cuban is 18-for-90 over his first 25 games, with 28 strikeouts and nine errors defensively. SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS (2-0): W, 7-1, at Vermont (Athletics) -- Three of Boston'€™s 2015 draft choices made their professional debuts, with Tucker Tubbs (Round 8), Mitchell Gunsolus (Round 10), and Chad De La Guerra (Round 17) entering the Lowell lineup. Tubbs (first base) was 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a hit by pitch; Gunsolus (third base) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a run and a walk; De La Guerra (second base) was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. -- Shortstop Jeremy Rivera reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a stolen base while hitting out of the two-hole in the lineup. A 20-year-old switch-hitter, Rivera was a 2014 draft pick of Boston'€™s out of El Paso Community College. -- Left fielder Bryan Hudson was 1-for-4, knocking in two runs on a single to cap a five-run seventh inning for Lowell. Hudson, a 2013 Boston draft pick, also stole his second base of the season, and the left-handed-hitting leadoff man is off to a nice 4-for-9 start to his year.

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