Henry Owens

Red Sox prospect Henry Owens to make major league debut Tuesday at Yankee Stadium

Ryan Hannable
August 02, 2015 - 1:37 pm

It's one of the biggest stages in all of baseball and Tuesday night it will be the site of Henry Owens' major league debut, as the 23-year-old will take to the mound for the first time in a big league uniform against the Yankees. With Rick Porcello scheduled to start Tuesday and going on the disabled list Sunday, that opened a spot for Owens. "Well, one we wanted to insert another starter and not move guys up. We wanted to provide an extra day of rest, so Tuesday is Henry's day," manager John Farrell said. "It's going to be probably the biggest stage he's going to make his debut on as schedule has it. Ideally having another left-hander going against that lineup in that ballpark. We'll see him on Tuesday." Owens was the selected in the first-round of the 2011 draft by the Red Sox. Over 21 starts with Pawtucket this season, Owens is 3-8 with a 3.16 ERA. The biggest issue for Owens has been the number of walks he's allowed, but he's cut them down of late, which is the primary reason for him getting the promotion. In April and May the 6-foot-6 left-hander had 35 walks in 54 1/3 innings. At one point in early June he had the most walks in all of baseball -- both Triple-A and the majors. Recently, Owens has commanded his pitches much better as over his last two starts (12 innings) he has a total of two walks and in the month of July he has issued just eight walks in 31 2/3 innings. "A lot more strikes, repeating his delivery," Farrell said of what has changed for him. "I think coming out of spring training there was some work needed just commanding his body as well as the baseball and that has been the case over the last four weeks or more. In a nut shell, it's more quality strikes throughout the entire time he's on the mound."