The Mets got Owens from the Pirates during the '04 Rule V draft. He is 27 but he's a converted catcher and has only been pitching for 3 years. He's definitely causing quite the stir. There was a lot of bitching on the Mets sites yesterday that Bell was called up and not Owens. But I'm OK with that (not that Omar cares
) since I think Bell deserves a real shot and Owens will get his.
I'm not sure if you remember watching him in spring training but the guy has a funky short-arm delivery. There was speculation he'd make the team out of camp but he struggled. Owens throws nasty fastball (97+ mph) so it's not all just delivery. The problem from what I understand was refining his 2nd pitch, his slider, because he's going to be able to get by on just heat at the MLB level.
I also read that they are working on a cutter as his 2nd pitch. Apparently the mechanical tweaks to turn a slider into a cutter are minor. I don't know, just going by what I read.