Red Sox prospect Owens throws six-inning no-hitter

Red Sox prospect Owens throws six-inning no-hitter
April 4, 2014, 8:00 am
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A scout's take on lefty Henry Owens: "If they had to pick a guy right now to pitch the fifth game of the season, Owens could probably give the other team the most trouble."

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Double-A Portland’s Henry Owens kicked off the minor league season in style Thursday, throwing six hitless innings against Reading before the game was called due to rain.

Owens, probably Boston’s top prospect now that Xander Bogaerts is in the majors, was matched up against the Phillies’ best pitching prospect, fellow left-hander Jesse Biddle.

Owens, who went 3-1 with a 1.78 ERA in six starts after a late-season promotion to Double-A last year, was probably done after six regardless, given that it was the first day of the season and he had thrown 86 pitches. He struck out nine and walked two in the gem.

Second basemam Mookie Betts, another one of Boston’s top prospects,  went 4-for-4 with a homer from the leadoff spot to lead the offense in the 5-0 victory.

-- Matthew Pouliot, NBC's Hardball Talk)