If you've been reading this blog, you'll already know that I consider Cyclones pitcher Dylan Owen to be one of the steals of the draft. Yesterday, in a game in KeySpan Park against the Staten Island Yankees, Owen continued to dominate NY-Penn League opposition.
In six innings he limited the Yankees to three hits while holding them scoreless. It was fortunate he was able to do that as the Cyclones scored only one run.
His 1.82 ERA keeps him #2 in the league in that stat; however, his latest victory places him in the lead in the Wins category with seven.
Stephen Clyne and Eddie Kunz pitched the last three innings. Clyne yield three hits in his two innings, Kunz no hits in one. Clyne's ERA in 19 innings of relief is just 1.89. In his last 10 games he's given up just two runs, both on July 21 in the same game.
Since joining the Cyclones, Kunz has pitched in six games. He, too, gave up all his runs (3) in one game, his second outing of the season on August 6. Though his ERA is high at 4.76, that one game has skewed it.
Owen, Clyne, and Kunz were all college pitchers. Owen is from Francis Marion University, Clyne from Clemson University, and Kunz from Oregon State University.
The ability to dominate hitters in the NY-Penn League is an indicator of future success. Another ex-Mets organization starter who did that was Scott Kazmir. During his stay in Brooklyn he pitched 18 innings and had an 0.50 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio was 34:7 or 4.86:1, only slightly better than Owen's, which is 53:11 or 4.8:1.
To place Owen's K/BB stat in perspective, in 2005 Pedro Martinez was #2 among National League starters in K/BB ratio with 4.43.
Though Owen is small in size, at 5'11" and 185 pounds, compared to other Mets pitchers, such as Kunz, who's 6'5" and 250 pounds, Kazmir is only 6' and 170 pounds.