Monday, March 5, 2007

Henry Owens

Right now, Henry Owens is probably third in line for the Florida closer job behind Taylor Tankersley (if healthy) and Kevin Gregg. That said, any one of 5 or 6 different pitchers could win the job by opening day, and Owens is definitely in the mix. This is worth watching VERY closely. Owens has been overpowering at all levels in the minors with a total of 341 strikeouts in 249 innings. He's struggled a little (not badly) with his control at times, but its still unclear why he never pitched above AA until he was 27 years old. His season last year at AA was incredible - 74K/10BB in only 40 IP!!! That's astonishing. His downside this year should be a VERY effective middle reliever, but if he gets a chance to be the Florida closer, he's going to be an incredible bargain in most leagues.

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