Jerry Owens

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Jerry Owens
Jerry Owens.jpg
Owens with the Chicago White Sox
Free agent
Outfielder
Born: (1981-02-16) February 16, 1981 (age 33)
Hollywood, California
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 11, 2006 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
(through 2009 Season)
Batting average .262
Home runs 1
Runs batted in 18
Teams

Jerry Lee Owens (born February 16, 1981) is a Major League Baseball center fielder who is currently with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League. He played most of the 2006 season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox affiliation) of the International League, but was called up and made his major league debut as a pinch runner on September 11. His first start came on September 27, a game in which he collected both his first hit and stole his first base as a major leaguer.

Owens graduated from Hart High School in California, where he played wide receiver on the championship football team with NFL quarterback Kyle Boller. In high school, Jerry was named to numerous All-America teams and was an elite recruit. Owens originally attended the University of California, Los Angeles, but later transferred to The Master's College in California after several injuries and a revelation. At the Master's College, he was named the Small College All-American Outfielder for 2003, before being selected by the Montreal Expos in the 2nd Round (57th overall) of the 2003 amateur entry draft.

Professional career[edit]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Owens first was sent to play Single-A baseball with the Vermont Expos of the New York-Penn League in 2003. However, he only played 2 games with the team. In 2004, Owens went to play Single-A baseball with the Savannah Sand Gnats of the South Atlantic League. Owens burst onto the scouting scene by posting some impressive numbers such as a .292 batting average 30 stolen bases.

During the off-season, when the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals, Owens was traded for Alex Escobar, a prospect from the Chicago White Sox. It was no surprise that in 2005, Owens was promoted to Double-A ball with the Birmingham Barons of the Southern League. Owens had a sensational season, being named Southern League All-Star outfielder and he also led the league in batting average.

In spring training for the White Sox in 2006, Owens had to compete with Brian Anderson for the job of center fielder, but manager Ozzie Guillén stated that Owens would probably not get the job because he had a shoulder injury a few years before.[1] Owens was put on the White Sox' extended 40-man roster, and was optioned back to the International League with the Charlotte Knights. Owens showed development in his base-stealing in 2006, stealing 40 bases and being caught only 12 times.

Owens started the 2008 regular season on the fifteen day disabled list after an MRI revealed a slight tear in his right adductor muscle.[2]

Seattle Mariners[edit]

Owens was considered for the center field job vacated by Ken Griffey Jr. for the 2009 season, but the White Sox released him on May 2 after he batted .083 in 12 games. He then signed a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners. Playing for the Mariners' triple-A affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers, He went on to lead the Rainiers in average with a .323 clip.

In November, 2009, the Washington Nationals signed Owens to a Minor League contract with an invitation to 2010 Spring Training and he got a chance to compete for a roster spot. He did not play in the 2010 season.

He is currently a minor league free agent and outfielder for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo at the Pacific Mexican League.

The Lancaster Barnstormers signed Owens for the 2013 season.

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