Mets' Owen keys no-hitter for Caguas
Right-handed prospect goes seven frames for Winter Ball win
Dylan Owen, who spent time in starting and relief roles in the Mets' farm system in 2010, made his case as a starter Sunday with seven no-hit innings for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League.
Owen struck out three and walked two in only his third appearance for the Criollos, who no-hit the visiting Gigantes de Carolina in a 5-0 shutout.
The right-handed prospect was named MLB.com's Short-Season Starting Pitcher of the Year in 2007 while with the Brooklyn Cyclones in the New York-Penn League. He started off his 2010 campaign in the Minors with five no-hit innings en route to the Double-A Binghamton Mets' 5-1 victory over the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians) on April 9.
Owen went 4-4 with a 3.94 ERA over 82 1/3 innings for the B-Mets. He started in 10 of his 26 outings. In 10 appearances -- including seven starts -- for Triple-A Buffalo, he was 3-4 with a 7.11 ERA in 44 1/3 frames.
Owen walked Mexican Leaguer Pedro Valdes to start the second inning and retired the next 15 batters before issuing a base on balls at the beginning of the seventh to Justin Sellers, who played in the Dodgers' farm system in 2010.
Mexican League veteran Eddy Ramos tossed a perfect eighth and Saul Rivera racked up three infield groundouts in the ninth to seal the no-no. Rivera spent most of the season in the Minors of the Rockies and D-backs systems, and he sported a 22.09 ERA after making four appearances for Arizona in 2010.
Edgardo Baez (Nationals) drove in three runs and Lou Montanez (Orioles) scored three times to back the pitching effort.
Paige Schector is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.