Henry Owens, a 6'6", 190-pound left-handed pitcher from Edison High School in California, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the No. 36 overall pick in Compensation Round A in the 2011 MLB Draft on Monday night in Secaucus, New Jersey.
Owens, an 18-year-old, has a fastball that peaks a 94 miles per hour and has a solid curve, slider and changeup.
The SoCal high school product has a good delivery and arm action that allows him to throw his fastball 90-92 mph, peaking at 94 mph. He keeps it down in the zone and knows how to elevate it when needed. His curve, 69-74 mph, has two tiers to it. The first is a slower, Barry Zito-like breaking ball he throws to get strike one. The second is harder and generates more swings and misses. He also throws a slurvy slider, 75-77 mph, with a wide break. He has an advanced feel for a changeup and while he does try to work it in, he hasn't needed to use it a lot at this level. (via MLB.com)
Owens is not a glamorous pick, Ben Buchanan at Over The Monster writes that he is a project pick, but a good one.
With the Sox likely not in desperate need of pitching help anytime soon, Owens makes sense. He may not have the glamor of a Josh Bell, but in a few years time if things fall right then Owens could count himself as one of the top prospects in the system. Right now, he has what is hardest to teach, and lacks that which is most easily built up. (via Over The Monster)
Here's some video and analysis of Owens, provided by Major League Baseball.