Report | Red Sox outright former 1st-round pick Henry Owens

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

[UPDATE]: Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Henry Owens has reportedly been claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Henry Owens did not make any cameos for the 2017 Boston Red Sox like he did in the two seasons prior, and the former first-round pick might have to go elsewhere to find a big-league opportunity.

The Red Sox made the decision to place the pitcher on outright waivers on Wednesday, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports. Other teams can now place a claim on him, and this frees up a spot on Boston’s 40-man roster. Drellich notes it’s not certain if another move is imminent to fill Owens’ spot.

Owens has made 16 starts for the Red Sox, between 2015-16, and holds a 5.19 career ERA. He rated as a consensus top 50 prospect prior to the 2015 season, but his MLB work that year soured the buzz that once followed the high school star.

The Huntington Beach, Calif., native tossed 126 innings between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket this season. He closed his sixth season in the Boston organization with a 4.21 ERA. Despite striking out nearly a batter per inning as a starter, Owens was unable to make a third voyage to Boston for work this past season.

It’s quite possible another team will pick up the 6-foot-6 left-hander, who is still just 25 years old. But the Red Sox made it clear they don’t expect him to live up to the potential he once showed to warrant a No. 36-overall draft pick.

Owens’ five 2016 starts ended with his stat page carrying a 6.95 ERA. Prior to his call-up in 2015, Owens had shown potential as a minor league arm. Come 2018, he could well have to prove himself as a farmhand again in another team’s system.

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