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Owen Finding His Footing
As a player moves up through a farm system, the difficulty only increases at each level and an adjustment period is to be expected.
Bisons starting pitcher Dylan Owen has put together a number of good starts since his call-up to Triple-A,but is still getting used to the advanced competition.
Through seven starts, Owen has compiled a 3-3 record and a 6.39 ERA that is a bit misleading. He surrendered six runs in his last start and that number expanded quite a bit.
His strikeout (34) to walk ratio (10) has been great all season and he has kept the Bisons in games. For Owen, his daily focus has been keeping command of his pitches.
"My slider, down and away, I have been struggling with that a little bit leaving it over the plate," Owen said. "I just want to keep it down and away and it's started to work for me with people on base. I've been getting some ground balls out of [batters]."
Pitching coach Ricky Bones has also been working with Owen to help him stay on top of his pitches. He has been getting under a lot and when he does that the ball stays up and gets the 23-year-old in trouble.
Between starts, Owen has been doing a lot of towel drills in his bullpen sessions to work on his form. The execution of his pitches continues to be one of his main concerns.
The one glaring positive about the young pitcher is his eagerness to learn. He has really embraced the knowledge and wisdom that is available to him with his coaching staff and he feels it is only making his game better.
"I learn something new every start," Owen said. "You just got to make sure you are making your pitches and stay ahead and it'll be a lot easier that way. When you fall behind these guys will let you know about it. I have to continue to work as hard as I can between each start."
Another struggle Owen has had this season for the Bisons has been his lack of going deep in games. After throwing seven solid innings in his first start for the Herd, he has gone only five in innings in the rest of his starts except on June 10 when he went six. He seems to get into trouble when he tries to aim the ball and batters take advantage with long at-bats. He continues to work on his accuracy and hopes that will lead to quicker innings.
Confidence is such an important part of the game, especially for pitchers. Owen has confidence in himself to keep his team in the game.
"I just want to keep the team in games," Owen said. "If I go out there and give up two or three runs up I know we are going to come through as an offense and win every game. So I just want to make sure I give my team a chance."
As the season continues, Mets management will be keeping an eye on the youngster to see how he progresses. If afforded the chance to play in New York this season, Owen would cherish the opportunity.
"It'd be a lifelong dream," Owen said. "I always dreamed about doing that and if I ever get a chance it would just be breath taking. I'd enjoy every moment of it."
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