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Owens Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Year
Sea Dogs' LHP Brian Johnson Finishes Second in the Voting
08/28/2014 1:31 PM ET
Owens set a Sea Dogs franchise record with 14 wins in 2014. (Photo by Rick Rosenfeld)

Portland, Maine- The Eastern League of Professional Baseball has announced that Portland Sea Dogs left-handed pitcher Henry Owens is the 2014 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. The award is voted on by Eastern League managers and media members.

Owens is the second straight Sea Dogs pitcher to earn the honor and the fourth in franchise history joining Anthony Ranaudo (2013), Jon Lester (2005), and Michael Tejera (1999).

In 20 starts with the Sea Dogs this season, Owens produced a 14-4 record with a 2.60 ERA (35 ER/ 121.0 IP) and 126 strikeouts. He earned a promotion to Triple-A Pawtucket on August 1st, where he has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.66 ERA in five starts. At the time of his promotion, Owens was leading the league in wins (14), strikeouts (126), complete games (3), shutouts (2), and average against (.201). He also ranked second in the league in ERA (2.60) and third in WHIP (1.12). Despite not appearing in an Eastern League game since July 29th, Owens still leads the league in wins and strikeouts.

Owens is the first player in Sea Dogs franchise history to win 14 games in a single season. He also established new franchise records by hurling 27.2 consecutive scoreless innings from May 19 through June 14 and winning nine consecutive starts from May 24 through July 19. The 22 year-old opened the 2014 season by firing a rain-shortened complete game no-hitter against the Reading Fightin Phils and was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the opening week of the season.  

In addition to being named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year, Owen was selected as the left-handed starting pitcher on the recently announced Eastern League All-Star Team. He was also named to the Eastern Division roster for the 2014 Eastern League All-Star Game and threw a scoreless inning as the starting pitcher for the U.S. Team at the MLB Futures Game in Minnesota.

Entering the 2014 season, Baseball America rated Owens as the top pitching prospect and No. 2 prospect overall in the Red Sox organization, the No. 40 prospect in baseball and the No. 2 left-handed pitching prospects. Baseball America also rated Owens as having the "Best Changeup" in the Red Sox farm system. 

Owens also made six starts for the Sea Dogs at the end of the 2013 season. In 26 career appearances with the Sea Dogs he is 17-5 with a 2.44 ERA.

Owens, a native of Huntington Beach, California, was selected by the Red Sox in the supplemental round (36th overall) of the June 2011 draft.

Portland left-handed starter Brian Johnson finished second in the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year voting and Altoona right-handed starter Adrian Sampson finished in third place. Johnson is 10-2 with a 1.83 (23 ER/ 113 IP) and 98 strikeouts in 19 starts with the Sea Dogs. His 1.83 ERA leads the league.

Henry Owens' Statistics - 2014 Season

G

W

L

SV

IP

H

R

ER

K

BB

ERA

WHIP

20

14

4

0

121.0

89

36

35

126

47

2.60

1.12

The Sea Dogs conclude the 2014 regular season with a four game series against the Harrisburg Senators at Hadlock Field. Eastern League playoffs kick-off on Wednesday, September 3rd. Tickets for all remaining regular season games and all playoff games are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Sea Dogs Ticket Office at 207-879-9500 or order online at www.seadogs.com.