Chris Owings

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Chris Owings
Chris Owings (29907797355).jpg
Arizona Diamondbacks – No. 16
Utility player
Born: (1991-08-12) August 12, 1991 (age 25)
Charleston, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2013, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through July 2, 2017)
Batting average .262
Home runs 27
Runs batted in 172
Stolen bases 58
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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

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), and was listed as one of the top prospects in the Diamondbacks organization. His contract was selected by the Diamondbacks on September 3 after the major league rosters expanded.[5]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Owings made his Major Leagie debut on September 3, 2013, where he pinch-hit in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays and grounded out to the second baseman.[citation needed] After batting .330 with 12 home runs, 31 doubles, 81 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, he won the PCL's Most Valuable Player Award.[6]

In spring training in 2014, Owings competed for the starting shortstop role with Didi Gregorius, the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop in 2013.[7] He was named the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop for Opening Day.[6] 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.[8] He suffered a left shoulder injury in June,[9][10] and had offseason surgery to repair the posterior labrum in the shoulder.[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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Owings' younger brother Connor plays college baseball for Coastal Carolina University. The Diamondbacks selected him in the 2016 MLB draft.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D-backs load up on bats in Draft". Arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ White, Neil. "Top S.C. draftee Owings reaches deal with D-Backs". Thestate.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Chris Owings works on offensive game". Azcentral.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks' Matt Davidson, Chris Owings wait their turn". Azcentral.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-05-05. 
  7. ^ "Arizona Diamindbacks expect Spring Training showdown between Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. November 13, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ 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 | MLB.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved May 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Chris Owings lands on disabled list with shoulder injury". HardballTalk. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Shoulder woes to force Owings to sit". azcentral. September 27, 2014. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Diamondbacks' Chris Owings set for surgery on shoulder labrum". Major League Baseball. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ "D-backs rally after Bumgarner's huge game". MLB. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://m.mlb.com/news/article/183567500/d-backs-draft-connor-owings-brother-of-chris

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