Rudy Owens

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Rudy Owens
Rudy Owens on June 5, 2014.jpg
Owens with the Oklahoma City RedHawks in 2014
Fortitudo Baseball Bologna – No. 32
Born: (1987-12-18) December 18, 1987 (age 30)
Mesa, Arizona
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
May 23, 2014, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record0–1
Earned run average7.94

Rudy C. Owens (born December 18, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Fortitudo Baseball Bologna of the Italian Baseball League. In 2014, he played for the Houston Astros in Major League Baseball (MLB).


Owens attended Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona, where he played for the school's baseball team.[1]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Owens out of Mesa in the 28th round (830th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] After attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College for the 2007 college baseball season, he signed with the Pirates as a draft-and-follow prospect.[3]

In 2009, Owens was named a Class-A All-Star, South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star, and SAL Most Outstanding Pitcher after going 10-1 with a 1.70 ERA in 19 games. He was also named the Pittsburgh Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.[4] In 2010, Owens was named an Eastern League All-Star and was again named the Pirates' Minor League Pitcher of the Year.[5] The Pirates added him to their 40 man roster after the 2011 season to protect him from the Rule 5 draft.[6]

Houston Astros[edit]

On July 24, 2012, he was traded, along with Robbie Grossman and Colton Cain, to the Astros for Wandy Rodríguez.[7] He spent the rest of the 2012 season with the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Astros' AAA affiliate, and remained with the team through 2013.

On May 23, 2014, the Astros recalled Owens from AAA Oklahoma City to make his Major League debut against the Seattle Mariners.[8]

Owens was outrighted off the Astros roster on October 9, 2014.[9]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

Owens signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics in November 2014[10]

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Owens was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 4, 2015.[11] He pitched in 11 games across three levels for the Dodgers organization and was 0–4 with a 3.89 ERA. The Dodgers released him on July 16, 2015.[12]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

Owens signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies on July 25, 2015.[13]

Somerset Patriots[edit]

On June 15, 2016, Owens signed with the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Fortitudo Baseball Bologna[edit]

On May 8, 2017, Owens signed with the Fortitudo Baseball Bologna of the Italian Baseball League.


  1. ^ Les Willsey (June 6, 2006). "Owens tops list of local pro baseball prospects - East Valley Tribune: Home". East Valley Tribune. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  2. ^ Domingo, Odeen (June 10, 2006). "Mesa High pitcher pick of Pirates". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  3. ^ "Pirates sign two 2006 draft-and-follow players". TribLIVE. June 1, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "Alvarez, Owens honored for play in minors". TribLIVE. September 26, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  5. ^ "AA BASEBALL: CURVE'S PRESLEY, OWENS NAMED PIRATES MINORS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR - The Indiana Gazette Online: Steelers/Penguins/Pirates/Pitt". September 25, 2010. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  6. ^ Brink, Bill (November 19, 2011). "Six minor leaguers join Pirates 40-man roster". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 4, 2012.
  7. ^ "Astros acquire three prospects from Pittsburgh | News". July 24, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  8. ^ "Astros recall Owens to make MLB debut". May 23, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  9. ^ de Jesus Ortiz, Jose (October 9, 2014). "Astros decline option on Matt Albers; Jesus Guzman, Rudy Owens off 40-man roster". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  10. ^ Drellich, Evan (November 15, 2014). "Rudy Owens signs minor league deal with A's". Houston Chroncle. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  11. ^ Gurnick, Ken (April 4, 2015). "Dodgers acquire Minor League pitcher Owens from Oakland". Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Eddy, Matt (August 5, 2015). "Minor League Transactions: July 24–30". Baseball America. Retrieved August 5, 2015.
  13. ^ "'Topes Today (July 26)". Albuquerque Journal. July 26, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015.

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