MLB Draft Scouting Report: Henry Owens

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep lefty, Henry Owens.

Name: Henry Owens
Position: Pitcher
School: Edison H.S (Calif.)
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: L/L

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Henry Owens, LHP, Edison H.S. (Calif.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Take one look at Owens' 6-foot-7 frame and it just screams projection. Owens is rail thin and has a ton of room to fill out. He's still physically very immature and will pack on the pounds in the upcoming years. He has the long limbs that go with his long frame, and everything he does looks loose and easy.


Owens works from a full windup and for the most part he does a good job of using his height to his advantage. He drifts out of his balance point, something that pro pitching coaches may change. It's not hurting him currently, however, as he stays back long enough and gets on top of the ball with ease. His arm action is clean and he finishes his pitches as well as any prep pitcher in the class. He bends nicely over his front leg, and does all this with smoothness and ease.


The command of his fastball is what sets Owens apart, as his consistent release point allows him to spot his fastball extremely well. He gets the ball down in the zone and his extension allows his velocity to play up a couple ticks. He sits currently at 90-91 mph, and gets it up to 92-93 now and then. Considering his towering, thin frame, there's almost certainly more velocity on the way.


The potential for Owens' curveball is clearly there, but it's a bit loopy right now and could use some additional velocity and tightness. That, like his fastball velocity, should come with maturity. He works at 68-72 mph and spots it well. It's tough on lefties, but righties get too long of a look at it at this velocity. This is a fringe-average offering right now, but has the depth and smooth arm action to one day be graded out as plus.


Owens' changeup feel has improved but still needs work. He has the differential and proper arm speed, but doesn't get the changeup down in the zone as well as he does with his other pitches. He throws it at 77-80 mph with some good fade, but he lacks the full confidence in it currently that he has with his top two offerings. In time, this should develop into a quality weapon for the lefty.


The upside is just huge for Owens. What he has going for him is that he already has an advanced feel for pitching and present quality stuff. When he matures, adds some velocity, and refines his changeup, there's no telling just how good he can be. This is an example of someone who is a pitcher first and the stuff is coming along afterwards.

Draft Projection: First Round, 20-30

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