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16 Chris Owings SS
Height/Weight: 5-10/190 | Birthdate: 8/12/1991 | Birthplace: Charleston, SC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 44/22 | Average Draft Position: 257.12
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Chris Owings merely OK to start 2014 season


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) First returns on the decision made by the Diamondbacks to start Chris Owings over Didi Gregorius at shortstop: Not bad.

Owings has displayed no power this season with just one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats and a major league homerless streak that has reached 92 at-bats. But he is batting .297 with three stolen bases.

He is also trending downward. Owings has just three hits in his last 19 at-bats. His lack of power indicates that he must improve his patience at the plate and ability to make consistent contact. He has just one walk with eight strikeouts.


Chris Owings beats out Didi Gregorius for starting SS job


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings will break camp with the big-league team, beating out fellow shortstop Didi Gregorius. Gregorius will start the year in the minors, the team announced.

Owings batted .288/.351/.442 with one home run and six RBI over 52 Cactus League at-bats. He went 1 for 4 with a walk in Australia.

Diamondbacks announce lineup for opener


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) Diamondbacks third baseman Martin Prado is batting cleanup in his team's regular-season opener against the Dodgers in Australia.

Prado made 28 of his 149 starts last season in the No. 4 spot in the order, batting .296/.349/.470 in 115 at-bats from that spot in the lineup. The entire Diamondbacks lineup: CF A.J. Pollock, 2B Aaron Hill, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 3B Prado, LF Mark Trumbo, C Miguel Montero, SS Chris Owings, RF Gerardo Parra, P Wade Miley.


Arizona to start both shortstops in Australia


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said he intends to give Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius each a start during the team's two-game series against the Dodgers in Australia this weekend.

"I'm probably going to play one of them each day," Gibson said, per MLB.com. "Not sure how I'm going to do it yet."


Report: Arizona shopping Didi Gregorius, not Chris Owings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2014) The Diamondbacks are open to trading shortstop Didi Gregorius and not fellow shortstop Chris Owings, an industry source told ESPN. The Diamondbacks would like an MLB-ready starting pitcher in return for Gregorius.

Tigers don't get very far in trade talks involving Chris Owings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) The Tigers talked to the Diamondbacks about a trade involving shortstop Chris Owings, but the conversation didn't progress very far, sources told FOX Sports 1.

Report: Mets continue to monitor shortstop market


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's shaky play this spring has renewed concerns for management he will not be able to handle the starting shortstop job. Therefore, the Mets are continuing to monitor the shortstop market, according to the New York Daily News.

A team source said Tuesday the Mets continue to scout Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, as they decide whether or not Franklin can play shortstop well enough to justify his offensive potential and giving up a starting pitcher prospect for him.

Also, a source for another team told the Daily News the Mets are also monitoring the Diamondbacks' shortstop competition, and "could jump in" to make a trade for Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said recently he would consider trading one of his young shortstops, ideally for a top catching prospect, which would likely be Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.

There is also free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but there is no indication from Drew's agent, Scott Boras, that his client would be willing to sign a bargain-type contract.


Diamondbacks could swap shortstop for catcher


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) The Diamondbacks are looking to trade for a backup catcher to Miguel Montero that could possibly supplant him as the starter, according to the Arizona Republic. That means current starting shortstop contenders Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius could be dangled.

"For us, it would have to be the right deal," general manager Kevin Towers said. "If it's right, top-notch catching prospect. Someone we could have right behind Miggy. More of an upper-level guy. Maybe a top, upper-end starter."

Owings might land a better prospect because of his offensive potential.


Diamondbacks expect competition at shortstop in 2014


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2013) Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers expects Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius to compete for the starting shortstop job in 2014, MLB.com reports.

"Let them fight it out. We like both of them a lot," Towers said. "I love the competition in Spring Training. ... Just because Didi was there all year, I don't want him to think he's the everyday shortstop."

Gregorius hit .252/.332/.373 with seven home runs and 28 RBI in 357 at-bats with the Diamondbacks in 2013, whiel Owings hit .291/.361/.382 with no home runs and five RBI in 55 at-bats in the majors.


Chris Owings likely to see time at second base


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2013) Diamondbacks rookie shortstop Chris Owings will likely see some playing time at second base over the remainder of the season, MLB.com reports. The team could be looking to see if Owings can function as a regular second baseman with the intention of having both he and Didi Gregorius on the field regularly in 2014.

"I've been taking ground balls over there," Owings told MLB.com Friday. "Whenever he decides to play me over there, I'll be ready."

Owings, a natural shortstop, played 11 games at second base in the minors this season.


Chris Owings to see extensive playing time


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop prospect Chris Owings is expected to receive "significant" playing time over the rest of September, MLB.com reports.

"We're going to use him," manager Kirk Gibson told MLB.com Wednesday. "We've got to see what he can do. He's earned it, he's played well. I want to find out what he can do, for sure, I don't want him to just sit there."

Owings was named the MVP of the Pacific Coast League after hitting .330/.359/.482 with 12 home runs, 81 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 546 at-bats with Triple-A Reno.


Chris Owings gets the call


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of shortstop Chris Owings from Triple-A Reno. He batted .330/.359/.482 with 12 homers and 81 RBI in 546 at-bats in the minors.

Diamondbacks have plethora of shortstop options


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The return of Willie Bloomquist after missing nearly two months with a broken bone in his hand has created a logjam at shortstop for Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. Bloomquist's return means Gibson has a three-man rotation at shortstop, which also includes Didi Gregorius and Cliff Pennington.

"I’ll rotate the guys somewhat," Gibson said, per The Arizona Republic. "We didn’t score any runs (Friday) night, and I think Willie is probably the best shortstop we have, the most offensive. He puts the bat on the ball and allows us to do stuff."

The situation could even become more crowded if the Diamondbacks choose to bring up prospect Chris Owings, who was named MVP of the Pacific Coast League (Triple-A).

"He’s earned it, and he’s got a pretty good future ahead of him," Gibson said of Owings. "He’s going to fit in there somewhere, sometime, some way, somehow."


Chris Owings continues big year at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2013) Diamondbacks shortstop prospect Chris Owings belted three home runs and drove in five runs Tuesday for Triple-A Reno. 

"I broke a bat in BP (Tuesday), which I never do," he said, per MLB.com. "But you know how these things go. It just kind of went from there, but BP was really nothing special."

Owings, who is considered the Diamondbacks' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com, is having a strong year for Reno. He is batting .355 with a .509 slugging percentage, .884 OPS, three triples, 11 home runs, 23 doubles and 63 RBI in 92 games. He also has 15 stolen bases.

"It's been my whole thing to not try to do too much," he said. "I'm just trying to stay relaxed up there."


Owings looking at 2014 arrival


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/31/2012) With the arrival of Cliff Pennington in an offseason trade with the Athletics, Diamondbacks shortstop prospect Chris Owings is unlikely to see any time in the majors in 2013. According to MLB.com, the plan is for Owings to spend the season playing at Double- and Triple-A before getting a look in 2014. Though coaches have praised his defense, he still has a tendency to strike out too often. "I have been anxious," Owings said. "I need to be more patient in that aspect. I have to not be in a rush to make things happen. I have to wait for my pitch instead of forcing things with the pitcher's pitch."