Chris Owings

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Chris Owings
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Owings with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Kansas City Royals – No. 2
Utility player
Born: (1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 27)
Charleston, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2013, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through April 15, 2019)
Batting average.249
Home runs32
Runs batted in203
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Scott Owings (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has played shortstop, second base, and center field.

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

Owings was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Gilbert High School in Gilbert, South Carolina.[1][2]

Owings started the 2012 season with the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League, hitting .324/.362/.544 with 11 home runs in 59 games. He was than promoted to the Double-A Mobile BayBears where he hit .263/.291/.377 with six home runs in 69 games.[3][4]

Owings spent the 2013 season with the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL). After batting .330 with 12 home runs, 31 doubles, 81 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, he won the PCL's Most Valuable Player Award.[5]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Diamondbacks selected Owings' contract from Reno on September 3, 2013, after the major league rosters expanded.[6] He made his major league debut that day, where he pinch-hit in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays and grounded out to the second baseman.[7]

In spring training in 2014, Owings competed for the starting shortstop role with Didi Gregorius, the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop in 2013.[8] He was named the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop for Opening Day.[5] Owings led all National League rookies with a .313 batting average in April, and was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April 2014.[9] He suffered a left shoulder injury in June,[10][11] and had offseason surgery to repair the posterior labrum in the shoulder.[12]

In spite of only playing in 119 games, Owings led the Major leagues in Triples, with 11.

On Opening Day 2017, Owings hit a game-winning single against San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon, giving the Diamondbacks a 6-5 win.[13]

On November 30, 2018, the Diamondbacks non-tendered Owings and he became a free agent.[14]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On December 5, 2018, the Kansas City Royals signed Owings to a one-year, $3 million contract.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Owings' younger brother Connor played college baseball for Coastal Carolina University and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 2016 MLB draft.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "D-backs load up on bats in Draft". Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  2. ^ White, Neil. "Top S.C. draftee Owings reaches deal with D-Backs". Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Chris Owings works on offensive game". Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson, Chris Owings wait their turn". Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ de St. Aubin, Kyndra (September 3, 2013). "D-backs manager says Chris Owings deserves to be with the team". Arizona Sports. Retrieved September 3, 2013.
  7. ^ Associated Press (September 4, 2013). "Encarnacion, 3 others homer in Blue Jays' rout". Phoenix, Arizona. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Arizona Diamindbacks expect Spring Training showdown between Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius | News". November 13, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  9. ^ 5 May 2014 3:07 P.M. ET (May 6, 2014). "Chris Owings of the Arizona Diamondbacks voted National League Rookie of the Month for April | News". Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  10. ^ "Chris Owings lands on disabled list with shoulder injury". HardballTalk. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  11. ^ "Shoulder woes to force Owings to sit". azcentral. September 27, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Diamondbacks' Chris Owings set for surgery on shoulder labrum". Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "D-backs rally after Bumgarner's huge game". MLB. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "D-backs let go of former All-Star pitcher Miller". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  15. ^ "Royals' Chris Owings: Inks deal with Royals". Retrieved 2018-12-05.
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