Pair of Sea Dogs sweep league awards


(NEWS CENTER) - The Portland Sea Dogs swept the Eastern League awards for Week 1. Outfielder Mookie Betts named Player of the Week, Henry Owens Pitcher of the Week.

Betts was 16 for 37 (.457) w/ 5 doubles, a triple, HR, 5 RBI & 11 runs. Owens was 2-0 in 12.2 innings 0 runs, 6 hits, 2 walks, 18 strikeouts.

The 21 year-old Betts leads the league in batting average (.457) and on base percentage (.512), and is also ranked among the league leaders in and total bases (26- Tied 1st) hits (16- 2nd), runs (11- 2nd), extra base hits (7- 2nd), and slugging percentage (.743- 3rd). The Tennessee native has reached base safely in all nine games, and has an on-base streak of 44 straight games dating back to 2013.

On Opening Night April 3rd at Reading, Owens pitched a six-inning rain-shortened complete game no-hitter, as Portland beat the Fightins 5-0. The no-hitter was the third in Sea Dogs franchise history and the as a Red Sox affiliate and the first complete-game no-hitter. On April 9th in Trenton, Owens hurled 6.2 scoreless fanning nine in Portland's 9-2 win. The 21 year-old leads the league in strikeouts (18), shutouts (1), complete games (1), and is tied for the league lead in wins (2) and ERA (0.00). He is also among the leaders in WHIP (0.63-2nd) and batting average against (.140-2nd). Baseball America ranks Owens as the #2 prospect in the Red Sox farm system and the top pitching prospect. Through his two starts this season, the lefty has a career 5-1, 1.26 ERA mark in Double-A over eight starts. The Red Sox drafted Owens as the 36th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

Information from The Portland Sea Dogs was used in this report.


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