Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox Pitching Prospect Henry Owens Demoted To AA Portland Share Tweet Published 5 months ago on June 26, 2017 By Evan Cook Boston Red Sox Pitching Prospect Henry Owens Demoted To AA Portland To Work On Arm Slot Henry Owens has struggled with his command at the AAA Pawtucket this season. In his last 47 1/3 innings, he has 48 walks. That includes 8 walks in 2 of his last 3 appearances. This afternoon, it is reported from several sources that Henry Owens has been demoted to AA Portland. Owens will stay in the rotation at AA Portland as he works on his control problem. He will skip his next turn in the rotation but while he works on his control. To help with this, Owens will be working on his arm slot. His new arm slot with be closer to a 3/4 arm slot. Owens has had control problems for a while now. This has led to him having high pitch counts early in the game and short outings. No pitcher will be able to succeed at any level if they have trouble throwing strikes. Paw Sox manager Kevin Boles has said that Owens has been working on some things to be able to throw more strikes. It only seemed appropriate that he was sent to AA Portland to work on it. What It Means For Owens Going Forward In 2016, Henry Owens pitched in 5 games for the Boston Red Sox. In those games, he was 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA in 22 innings and 20 walks. That is not good at all. At times, Owens has been able to get out of serious jams even when he walks a lot of batters. But you can’t do that at the major league level. Professional batters will make a pitcher pay for those mistakes. When you are pitching with so many runners on base, it wears you out. Owens can’t grow as a pitcher when he is dealing with so many runners on base. This demotion for Owens will do him well as he works on his control and his arm slot. We have started to see Henry Owens work on his new arm slot for a few weeks now. Henry Owens will benefit from this demotion to AA Portland. I don’t expect this to be a permanent move, but having Owens pitch against lesser competition will help him gain confidence pitching. Related Topics:Boston Red Soxfeaturedred soxRed Sox prospects Up Next Boston Red Sox Pitching Shows Up Against Twins Don't Miss Boston Red Sox Pitcher Matt Barnes Needs Your Help Evan Cook Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk. 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On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls. Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him. Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. 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