- Name: Jack Owen
- Classification: 2017
- Position: LHP
- Ht, Wt: 6-foot-1, 170
- Bats-Throws: L/L
- High School: Junipero Serra Catholic HS (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
- Travel Team: BPA DeMarini Elite
- Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State over offers from UCLA, Cal Poly and Arizona
Owen was selected the Perfect Game 16u Pitcher of the Year after recording a 4-0 record with 1 save and a 0.00 ERA in seven Perfect Game games. He allowed 12 hits and 3 walks while striking out 36 in 34.1 innings during the PG events. He was selected All-Tournament in every event he played in, including earning two Most Valuable Pitcher honors.
It was an unexpected honor but one that Owen is very proud of.
"I checked out the link (to the article) and thought it was cool," said Owen.
Owen was quick to give his team a great deal of credit for helping him achieve the honor.
"(BPA DeMarini catcher and fellow MSU 2017 commitment) Tyler Lasch was the difference this year behind the plate," said Owen. "He and (Coach) Jared (Sandler) were involved in the pitch-calling. And he had gotten a lot better behind the plate this past summer. That was a huge help. And I think our defense was a lot better. I pitched to contact and let them do all of the work for me."
He also gave special credit to BPA DeMarini head coach Jared Sandler.
"I have been working with Jared since I was 10-years-old," said Owen. "He has always helped me get better. I couldn't be more thankful for him than I am."
Perfect Game high school/college scout Jheremy Brown explained why Owen earned the prestigious honor.
"He just knows what he is doing," said Brown. "Every Perfect Game event that he has been to he has been selected to the All-Tournament team. He doesn't have that big fastball velocity, but better than the velocity, he knows how to pitch in and out with the fastball. He has three pitches that he can pitch off of. His changeup is a go-to pitch in any count. And he holds his velocity really well. He can go an entire game then show the big velo at the end of the game"
Brown feels like Owen will continue his success on the collegiate level as well.
"He is probably going to be that pitcher that when he gets on campus he will have an immediate impact just because he knows how to play," said Brown.
Someone who has been in his corner since Owen was 10-years-old is Coach Sandler. In his opinion, Owen is the ace every team needs.
"If the game is on the line you want Jack to pitch," said Sandler. "He has unbelievable command of four pitches, and he gets a lot of swing and misses. I told the coaches at Mississippi State they got a steal. He will win a lot of games in college. He will get his chance at pro ball because he is going to be such a good college pitcher."
Sandler explained some of the things that he has seen from Owen that makes him such an exceptional pitcher.
"He just has a lot of ways to beat you," said Sandler. "Jack pitches in really well. He can change eye levels. He will backup his breaking ball with an elevated fastball that comes out of the same arm slot. But I think the best thing about him is, for a young kid, he knows how not to beat himself."
Gene Swindoll, Gene's Page
Mississippi State commitment Jack Owen earns Perfect Game Pitcher Of The Year honor
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