The Best Candidates to Upgrade the Red Sox Rotation

#7 Option: The Unfinished Project – Henry Owens

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Source: Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America

Despite his unabashed domination of his minor league competition over the past few seasons, there are still those who continue to question Henry Owens. The two major concerns were posed in regards to the left-hander’s durability and his command, but Owens has alleviated the former of the two after adding about 20-30 pounds to his once lanky frame this past offseason. Now listed at 220 lbs. there should be fewer reasons to question whether the 22-year-old can withstand the rigors of 25-30 MLB starts. But as for his command that has not been there yet for the 22-year-old in 2015. He will have to show he can control his pitches better before he gets a shot in the major leagues.

With two pitchers having passed him on the depth chart, it seems unlikely that Owens will get a shot in the major league rotation this year. Unless of course the Red Sox really blow up their rotation… but if that happens one has to wonder if we may not see Owens included in a trade. Another option for the southpaw would be to see some time in the bullpen this year. He could very well thrive in a limited role with the Sox this year and expand his role in the future.

2015 Stats (Triple A): 4.06 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 7.3 BB/9

Probability: Medium

Impact: Low

Risk: Low

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