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Scouting Update: Henry Owens, LHP, Edison HS (2011 Draft)

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April 28, 2010

The radar gun is a crutch so I’m not going to waste my time with velocities in this story. I’ll see Henry Owens with plenty of guns on him in the coming months, but what he does as a pitcher is what will determine his fate in the coming years.

The first thing you would notice about Owens is the long, tall, 6-5 frame. This is your classic high-hipped pitcher whose physical projection is all in front of him. One thing about Owens is that he’s very well coordinated and balanced for a pitcher this size and age. He threw 88-90 in Fall 2009 and I would anticipate 89-92 power in the coming years, though I wouldn’t classify him as a power arm candidate. Owens, however, will have just enough velocity to be dangerous.

In this look, he showed plus fastball control and movement. He showed the ability to put the fastball exactly where he wanted to by pushing Marina third baseman Chad Lewis off the plate a few times, then put his change-up where he wanted on the outer black. His curveball will be a weapon for him as well. He’s got a sharper version he saves for outs, but also likes throwing the slow roller off the fingers. Lots of crafty pitchers with the breaking ball tend to use that sort of thing as a change-up against the metal bats. He has a straight change-up, which might become more prominent in the coming years.

Owens also likes to control the tempo of the game. The guy works slow, but I think part of this is from slowing his delivery down from the fall and not trying to over-throw, and learning to let his movement and control work for him. Those are very positive building blocks at this stage.

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