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Sox lose Owens on waivers to D-backs

Former top prospect had 5.19 ERA in 16 career starts with Boston
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Once considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects, Henry Owens has bid adieu to the Red Sox organization and will attempt to take advantage of the change of scenery the D-backs have provided.

The D-backs announced Friday afternoon they claimed Owens off waivers from the Red Sox, who had outrighted the 25-year-old southpaw earlier this week to create an open spot on their 40-man roster.

Once considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects, Henry Owens has bid adieu to the Red Sox organization and will attempt to take advantage of the change of scenery the D-backs have provided.

The D-backs announced Friday afternoon they claimed Owens off waivers from the Red Sox, who had outrighted the 25-year-old southpaw earlier this week to create an open spot on their 40-man roster.

Owens will now be reunited with Mike Hazen, who left Boston's front office last year to be become Arizona's general manager. Hazen's familiarity with Owens dates back to 2011,when the Red Sox used one of their four first-round selections to take the southpaw with the 36th overall pick in the Draft.

Owens entered the 2015 season ranked by MLBPipeline as baseball's 19th-best prospect and the top prospect within Boston's system. He made his Major League debut during the latter part of '15 and made 11 starts that season.

Consistent command has eluded Owens, who pitched to a 5.19 ERA and issued 4.7 walks per nine innings in 16 career starts for Boston. His bid to return to the Majors this past season faded, as he struggled with Triple-A Pawtucket and then produced a 4.58 ERA over 12 starts after he was demoted to Double-A Portland.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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