Henry Owens

Wednesday Red Sox Farm Report: Control problems continue for Henry Owens; Jorge Marban, Trey Ball stack zeroes

Ken Laird
June 10, 2015 - 4:29 am

A look at the action in the Red Sox farm system on Tuesday: TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX (28-30): L, 4-2, vs. Charlotte (White Sox) -- Henry Owens (Boston's No. 3 prospect at MLB.com) fell to 2-5 on the year (3.64 ERA), struggling with control yet again as he walked four and was charged with a wild pitch, in addition to giving up a three-run home run and allowing four stolen bases. Owens threw 98 pitches over just five innings, allowing four runs, three of them earned. Pawtucket manager Kevin Boles said Owens' lower-half "seemed a little out of sync" throughout the night. On the year, Owens has walked 42 batters in 64 1/3 innings, six more walks than anyone else in the International League. -- Righty reliever Jonathan Aro pitched three scoreless innings, extending his streak to 12 straight scoreless innings of relief over his last five appearances to go with 16 strikeouts. Aro, a 24-year-old Dominican, was promoted to Pawtucket from Double-A Portland on May 14. "He's got some deception to him," Boles said after the game. "Fastball is sneaky with a good feel for the slider, and he attacks the zone." Aro's fastball peaked at 96 on the McCoy Stadium radar gun. -- Former first-round draft pick Pat Light (37th overall in 2012) joined the PawSox bullpen as he was promoted from Double-A Portland, where he allowed just one earned run in his last 17 1/3 innings. Making his conversion from starter to reliever this year, Light consistently throws in the high 90s, saying he's touched triple digits "a few times." Boles said he doesn't name a closer in Pawtucket due to frequent changes of personnel, but that the decision on how many high-leverage situations Light will get will "come from up top." -- Light's fellow 2012 first-round draft pick Deven Marrero was held out for the second straight game due to illness. Mike Miller started at shortstop in Marrero's place and cracked two doubles from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS (23-35): L, 4-3, at Richmond (Giants) -- Giants right-hander Matt Cain made a rehab start (forearm) for Richmond, with Portland touching him for two earned runs in the third inning on a Carlos Asuaje RBI double and a Jantzen Witte RBI single. Cain went 3 2/3 innings, throwing 55 pitches (36 strikes) with two strikeouts and a walk. -- Witte's excellent season continued as he was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a walk, raising his average to .321. Witte, a 25-year-old first baseman, has reached base safely in 11 of the last 12 games and has hit safely in 38 of 53 overall this season. Taken in Round 24 of the 2013 draft out of TCU, Witte leads Portland in average, at-bats, hits, doubles, RBIs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Witte has 39 RBIs on the season, four off the Eastern League pace. -- Shortstop Marco Hernandez was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored from his leadoff spot, raising his average to .305. Hernandez, 22, is on a 9-for-25 (.360) streak, and in his last 24 games is hitting 32-for-97 (.329). It is the first year in the Red Sox system for Hernandez, coming to Boston as the player to be named later from the Cubs in the Felix Doubront trade from last July. -- Right-hander Jorge Marban had another scoreless outing of relief, giving him 11 in a row since May 5 between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. So far with the Sea Dogs, the line for the 26-year-old: 11.2 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 11 SO. Marban was signed by the Red Sox in the offseason from Perth of the Australian League. HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX (30-27): W, 12-0, Game 1, and W, 3-2 (8 innings), Game 2 at Lynchburg (Indians) -- It was an offensive explosion for Salem in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader, as the Red Sox scored 12 runs on 17 hits, with six players having multi-hit games led by shortstop Tzu-Wei Lin's four-hit contest. Third baseman Jordan Betts (four) and right fielder Franklin Guzman (five) combined for nine RBIs as they each hit home runs, Guzman's a grand slam. -- Salem's Game 1 starter Trey Ball (Boston's No. 12 prospect at MLB.com) was given a five run lead in the first, and it was more than enough support as Ball excelled: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO. Ball did not allow a hit over the first four innings, and that's now 11 2/3 consecutive shutout innings from Ball over his last two starts. His nine punchouts Tuesday were a personal season best. Ball, a 6-foot-6 lefty and the seventh overall pick of the 2013 draft, improved to 5-5 with a 3.99 ERA. -- In the nightcap, Salem persevered in extra innings (with doubleheader games scheduled for just seven frames) on a Guzman eighth-inning sacrifice fly following consecutive singles from Lin, Sam Travis and Mario Martinez. Aaron Wilkerson started for Portland and allowed just one earned run over five innings, with reliever German Tavares picking up the victory after his three scoreless. Tavares, 22, has allowed just one earned run in his last 12 innings. SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE (31-27): L, 5-4, vs. Augusta (Giants) -- South Atlantic League All-Star representatives were announced Tuesday, with Greenville having eight players selected to the roster. The Greenville 2015 All-Stars: Rafael Devers, Javier Guerra, Jordan Procyshen, Derek Miller, Ben Moore, Mauricio Dubon, Michael Kopech and Mario Alcantara. -- Guerra's two-out, two-run single to right in the bottom of the ninth brought Drive fans hope of a comeback Tuesday, but the rally fell a run short as Greenville suffered its seventh straight loss. Greenville had just five hits in the loss, two of them from Procyshen, with Joseph Monge having the lone extra-base hit, a double. -- Lefty Edwin Escobar (Boston's No. 18 prospect at MLB.com) made his first appearance of the season at any level as he pitched one scoreless rehab inning to start the game. Escobar, 23, had been on the disabled list since April with shoulder inflammation. Last year in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, Escobar was 3-8 with an ERA of 5.11 before coming to Boston in the Jake Peavy trade. Escobar finished 2014 with Pawtucket and was 0-2 in five starts with a 4.28 ERA.