2011 MLB Draft Grades: Red Sox Opt for Lefty High-School Hurler Henry Owens
Henry Owens, LHP, Edison (Calif.)
Lanky lefty (6-foot-7, 200 lbs.), has gained some ground on Daniel Norris to go after the status as top left-handed high school pitching prospect in this MLB Draft, and actually was taken before him with the No. 36 pick. Won't overpower at the moment, but as his body fills out, his fastball that tops out at 93 mph could reach 95.
Part of a star-studded Edison (Calif.) high school group that features fellow draftees Christian Lopes (shortstop) and Eric Snyder (outfield), he's committed to playing at the University of Miami, but is much more likely to wind up in the professional ranks. Thought to be one of the easier signings at the top of the prep rankings, he'll be several years away from helping at the MLB level.
Has the makings of what could become a good curveball, but it's too sweeping and lacking in velocity to be a pitch he can consistently control the zone and fool hitters at the next level at this point. The Red Sox aren't afraid of going after talent, and may have picked up a good one here.
Draft Grade: A-
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