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  1. Mike, I’m confused with this comment:

    “Owens threw the pitch liberally considering his reputation of being a major project when selected in the 2011 draft.”

    Are you saying that Owens was a major project coming out of HS or the actual pitch (change)?

    Owens was far from a project coming out of HS. And to be pitching a full season at low-A the first full year after being drafted speaks to the same assessment of the Red Sox management.

    Comment by Dave Duncan — February 4, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  2. How many pitchers are there with pitches in the 90′s, 80′s, 70′s and 60′s?

    Comment by Mr Punch — February 4, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

  3. Owens was slowing his motion noticeably when throwing the change in HS, so it’s a little disppointing he hasn’t cleaned that up. And I can’t believe his curve is still that slow. I expected more improvement in those areas than your report indicates has occurred, Mike. Oh, and everyone dreams on the physical projection, but there’s always been a school that believes that he’s close to maxed out on velo, despite typical projection for players with his build.

    Comment by E-Dub — February 4, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

  4. Zack Greinke in MVP Baseball 2005 immediately comes to mind

    Comment by boss — February 4, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

  5. That curveball was filthy

    Comment by James — February 4, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

  6. His front foot lands toward first base so he throws against his body motion to the plate. Could just be the angle, but he appears to “bleed off” his power toward the plate.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — February 4, 2013 @ 6:21 pm

  7. Jamie Moyer. Not only that but he also pitched in the ’00s and ’10s.

    Comment by Tim — February 4, 2013 @ 8:11 pm

  8. Zing.

    Comment by Krog — February 4, 2013 @ 9:41 pm

  9. From my friends at

    RE: Owens

    “Below-average fastball command. Needs to fine tune command and pitchability in early pro career.”

    “Highly projectable. Presently a thrower.”

    I am saying he was and is still a project.

    Comment by Mike Newman — February 5, 2013 @ 6:23 am

  10. I haven’t seen any which makes it Owens so difficult to project. Most of me believes he’s a truly legit pitching prospect, while a voice in the back of my head says the strikeouts will dry up against more advanced hitters.

    Comment by Mike Newman — February 5, 2013 @ 6:26 am

  11. E-Dub,

    The only info I read on Owens prior to seeing him was a few basics when deciding whether or not to draft him in a dynasty league. I was not well-versed on his stuff prior to watching him pitch.

    I could not tell you whether the start I saw was par for the course or not.

    Comment by Mike Newman — February 5, 2013 @ 6:27 am

  12. I focus on arm action and more broad strokes when it comes to pitching mechanics.

    Comment by Mike Newman — February 5, 2013 @ 6:29 am

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