April 23, 1979 |
|July 7, 2006 for the New York Mets|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 8, 2007 for the Florida Marlins|
(through 2008 season)
|Earned run average||3.00|
Henry Jay Owens (born April 23, 1979 in Miami, Florida) is an American former professional baseball player. A pitcher, Owens played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets in 2006 and the Florida Marlins in 2007. He bats and throws right-handed.
Owens graduated from G. Holmes Braddock High School in Miami and attended Barry University. He played catcher as an amateur. He planned to attend medical school but scouts noticed his exceptional throwing skills and encouraged him to take up pitching.
Owens was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an undrafted free agent in June 2001. In 2004, an elbow injury hampered his performance. As a result, the Pirates left him unprotected and he was selected by the New York Mets in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 Draft.
In 2006, after four years in the Single-A leagues, Owens was promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets where he was outstanding as a closer. He compiled 51 strikeouts while allowing only eight hits in 25 innings pitched before his promotion to the major leagues.
He made his major league debut on July 7, 2006, for the New York Mets. He pitched a perfect ninth inning in a 7-3 Mets loss to the Florida Marlins. On November 20, 2006, the Mets traded Owens, along with Matt Lindstrom to the Florida Marlins for lefties Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.
Owens started the season as a late-inning reliever, but was looked at as a closing option during spring training. Owens made it clear that he coveted the closer job very early on. After newly acquired reliever Jorge Julio proved to be ineffective as the club's closer, Owens became a candidate for the closer role.
- Chris Girandola (July 7, 2006). "Lima roughed up by Willis, Marlins". MLB.com.
- "Marlins acquire pitchers Matt Lindstrom, Henry Owens from Mets in exchange for pitchers Adam Bostick, Jason Vargas". MLB.com. November 11, 2006.
- Joe Frisaro (April 14, 2007). "Julio placed on disabled list". MLB.com.
- "Owens placed on disabled list. Owens was activated from the disabled list on June 1, 2007.". MLB.com. May 11, 2006.