July 21, 1992
Huntington Beach, CA
Supplemental 1st round, 2011
School: Edison (CA)
ETA: Late 2015
Photo © William Parmeter
2012 Prospect Preview
Owens using size to advantage (3.20.12)
Owens fans seven in short outing (4.25.12)
The Book: Henry Owens (6.4.12)
2013 Prospect Preview
Owens features harder breaking ball in debut (4.9.13)
Owens strikes out 10 in combined no-hitter (7.17.13)
Scouting Scratch: Henry Owens (8.14.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review
Dispatches from the Fort: Spring Training 2014 (3.27.14)
Scouting Scratch: Henry Owens (6.26.14)
The Write-Up: Henry Owens (7.25.14)
Owens shows improving curve in Triple-A debut (8.5.14)
2014 Top 40 Season in Review
Owens working through struggles while... (4.30.15)
Scouting Scratch: Henry Owens (5.7.15)
The Write-Up: Henry Owens (5.26.15)
Description: Very tall, lanky with long limbs. Still has room for
strength gains in legs and upper body, but will always be on the skinny
Mechanics: Works from the first-base
side of the rubber. High three-quarters arm slot. Very rhythmic delivery
with a high leg kick, but low energy delivery. Starts with his hands set
at chest, drops hands and pulls back up before coming forward with solid
momentum. Easy release and loose arm. Average arm speed. Very deceptive
delivery; the ball comes out from behind his head and jumps on hitters due
to the extension from his long limbs. Can struggle to repeat his mechanics
from pitch-to pitch, leading to control issues.
Reportedly made a slight mechanical adjustment involving a hinge at the
waist entering spring training 2015.
Fastball: 88-91 mph. Can reach back for more when loose and hit
92-94 mph. Jumps on hitters. Hitters struggle to square the pitch up,
generates a lot of weak contact. Shows late downward action. Average pitch
that plays up due to deception. Fringe-average command, but solid-average
control. Command comes and goes within outings.
Changeup: 76-79 mph. Potential plus-plus offering. Has steadily
improved since he entered the organization. Great feel for the pitch. Same
arm speed and look as his fastball. Shows late arm-side fade and drop. Can
turn over with cut at times. Commands the pitch to both sides of the
plate, inside and outside the zone. Comfortable throwing against righties
and lefties and in any count. True out pitch that will miss bats at the
big league level.
varies. Average potential. Long, loose at lower velocities. Flashes deep
break and tight rotation at higher velocities. Has thrown both a softer
version 68-72 mph and harder version at 74-76 mph. Able to throw for
strikes. Has committed to throwing the harder, more powerful version in 2015 spring
training, potentially a very positive development.
77-79 mph. Work in progress. Threw the pitch some during Hig School, but
hadn't thrown it as a professional until 2015. Short, horizontal movement.
Lacks tilt, but has potential with continued repetition and refinement.
Has shown solid-average potential on occasion.
Career Notes: Originally committed to the University of
Summation: Profiles as a solid number
three starter with a chance for more if he continues to refine his command
and curveball. Development of curveball is key; relies heavily on
fastball/changeup combination. Advanced feel for pitching. Will be able to
withstand the rigors of starting at the big league level. Although
somewhat goofy off the field, is able to flip the switch, and possesses a
mature demeanor on mound. Floor of a back-end starter.