Henry Owens

Thursday Red Sox Farm Report: Henry Owens' walk numbers, Yoan Moncada mania

Ken Laird
May 21, 2015 - 3:35 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Wednesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (23-18): L, 2-1, 12 innings, at Indianapolis (Pirates) -- Henry Owens (Boston'€™s top prospect per MLB.com, No. 2 at Baseball America) made his eighth start of the season for the PawSox, a no decision outing with a line of: 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 SO (97 pitches, 58 strikes). Owens lowered his ERA from 3.41 to 3.19. However, walks continue to be a nuisance for Owens as his 30 on the season are the most in the International League. The lone Indianapolis run against Owens started with a free pass in fourth-inning (scoring after a stolen base, advance on ground out, run-scoring wild pitch sequence). Owens continues to rely on his excellent change-up that averages mid-70s and sets up his fastball (often sitting yesterday at 89 or 90 mph). -- The PawSox rallied for a game-tying run in the ninth inning against the top closer in the International League, as Indy'€™s Blake Wood suffered his first blown save (now 10-for-11 on the year). Speedy center fielder Quintin Berry led off with an infield single to short, stole second base (now 13-of-15 in swipes this year), and scored on third baseman Travis Shaw'€™s two-out, two-strike single to center. The throw to the plate beat Berry, but the Indianapolis catcher could not hang on to the ball and Berry recovered to tag home plate. Shaw, who is hitting just .197, did pick up his 18th RBI of the year, which is just seven off the International League lead. -- On Wednesday, the organization acquired right-handed pitcher John Cornely from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash considerations and optioned him to Pawtucket. The 26-year old has spent most of the season with Atlanta'€™s Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, going 2-2 with a 4.42 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings of work (fifth among International League relievers with a rate of 11.8 strikeouts per nine innings). Originally a 15th-round selection in the 2011 draft, Cornely has pitched in 158 career games in the minor leagues, all in relief, and made his major league debut on April 29, allowing four runs in an inning of work against Washington. Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Cornely, "We like the fastball ability. It might not be in pure velocity, but there'€™s some swing-and-miss throughout the course of his career. Those guys always jump out to us." DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (16-23): L, 2-1, vs. Altoona (Pirates) -- Right fielder Oscar Tejeda kept his hitting streak going, now at eight games, with a 1-for-4 night in the losing effort for Portland. Tejeda'€™s average has dipped slightly from last Friday'€™s peak of .368, but his current .354 is still second highest in the Eastern League. -- Second baseman Carlos Asuaje had his five-game hit streak snapped, but did draw a walk to give him 25 free passes on the season, second most in the Eastern League. Asuaje, 23, is also among league leaders in runs (eighth with 23) and on-base percentage (fifth at .406). He was the Sox'€™ 11th-round selection in the 2013 draft. -- Leadoff hitter and third baseman Mike Miller went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored to give himself hits in six of his last seven contests, as well as 24 runs scored, sixth best in the Eastern League. The 25-year old Miller is hitting at a .324 clip (12-for-37) since May 12. He was the Sox'€™ ninth-round pick in the 2012 draft. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (20-20): L, 7-2, vs. Lynchburg (Indians) -- It was a tough night with the bats for Salem as the team managed just four hits, one from left fielder Aneury Tavarez in the fifth to break up a no-hitter. Tavarez finished 2-for-4, raising his on-base percentage to .364, good for ninth best in the Carolina League. The 23-year old Dominican and lefty stick has six hits over his last four games -- Wendell Rijo, in the designated hitter spot after playing second base on Tuesday, extended his hitting streak to six games with a ninth-inning, two-out RBI double. It was the 13th two-bagger for Rijo, which is just two shy of the league high. Rijo is just 19 years old and was Keith Law'€™s 15th-ranked Red Sox prospect entering the year at ESPN.com. -- Right fielder Kevin Heller extended his on-base streak to 11 consecutive games with a walk. The 25-year-old Amherst College grad is hitting .314 on the year for Salem after hitting just .132 in 13 games in Double-A Portland earlier this year. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (23-16): W, 4-3, vs. Lexington (Royals) -- Moncada Mania continues this week in South Carolina as Yoan Moncada'€™s debut week reached Game 3 and featured a three-hit night, the first multi-hit game of his big league career. Moncada scored the winning run in a walkoff ninth inning for the Drive as Moncada'€™s leadoff single set the stage for late heroics. Moncada was bunted over to second base and came home on Michael Chavis'€™ single. After errors in the field in each of his first two games, Moncada was given a night off his feet serving as the DH. -- Jeffry Fernandez went five innings in a solid start for Greenville and allowed two earned runs (including a first-inning home run) while striking out five and walking one, taking a no-decision. Fernandez, a 6-foot-1-inch 22-year-old right-hander, has allowed two earned runs in three straight appearances. -- Fernandez gave way to 6-foot-2, 22-year-old righty Ryan Harris, who pitched three scoreless frames. All told this year in four appearances Harris has given up just one run. Harris was a 26th-round pick in the 2014 draft out of Florida.