One thing I’ve always liked about Boston Red Sox prospect Henry Owens was the fact that even though his fastball would work in the 88 – 90 mph range, on film it always looked like it was coming out of his hand between 92 and 94 mph. His fastball would get on hitters much quicker than the velocity on the radar gun would indicate. Hitters are late in reacting to the pitch.
Now that Owens has upped his actual fastball velocity to the 92 – 94 mph range, the pitch looks even harder. Part of it is the deception Owens creates with his delivery. He lands closed and you don’t see the ball until it’s out of his hand.
While it’s still early in the 2013 season, Owens has showed obvious improvement from 2012…
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