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Career Summary
Years G IP W L SV ERA WARP
10 138 483 32 33 1 4.86 -1.5
Birth Date9-28-1982
Height6' 5"
Weight220 lbs
Age37 years, 1 months, 15 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 ARI MLB 29 27 152.7 8 8 0 146 50 106 20 103 8.6 2.9 1.2 6.2 0% .273 1.28 4.74 4.30 111 5.04 104.3 1.2
2008 ARI MLB 22 18 104.7 6 9 0 104 41 87 14 98 8.9 3.5 1.2 7.5 0% .288 1.39 4.69 5.93 116 6.31 134.7 -0.9
2009 CIN MLB 26 19 119.7 7 12 1 126 64 68 18 97 9.5 4.8 1.4 5.1 0% .280 1.59 5.62 5.34 130 6.74 144.5 -1.6
2010 CIN MLB 22 0 33.3 3 2 0 28 25 35 3 99 7.6 6.8 0.8 9.5 0% .287 1.59 4.69 5.40 118 5.26 118.7 -0.1
2011 ARI MLB 33 4 63.0 8 0 0 56 23 44 8 100 8.0 3.3 1.1 6.3 0% .258 1.25 4.43 3.57 115 4.92 114.3 -0.1
2012 SDN MLB 6 0 9.7 0 2 0 8 5 7 1 100 7.4 4.7 0.9 6.5 0% .259 1.34 4.89 2.79 97 4.51 103.3 0.0
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Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2005 LNC A+ CLF 16 0 22.0 1 1 0 17 4 30 0 7.0 1.6 0.0 12.3 0% -.500 0.95 1.67 2.45 0 0.00 0.0
2006 TEN AA SOU 12 12 74.0 6 2 0 66 17 69 4 75 8.0 2.1 0.5 8.4 0% .308 1.12 2.74 2.92 81 3.63 76.1
2006 TUC AAA PCL 15 15 87.2 10 0 0 96 34 61 4 103 9.9 3.5 0.4 6.3 0% .333 1.49 3.87 3.72 87 4.76 99.8
2007 ARI MLB NL 29 27 152.7 8 8 0 146 50 106 20 103 8.6 2.9 1.2 6.2 0% .273 1.28 4.74 4.30 111 5.04 104.3
2007 TUC AAA PCL 1 1 5.0 0 0 0 4 1 7 0 114 7.2 1.8 0.0 12.6 0% .400 1.00 1.33 0.00 66 2.99 61.4
2008 ARI MLB NL 22 18 104.7 6 9 0 104 41 87 14 98 8.9 3.5 1.2 7.5 0% .288 1.39 4.69 5.93 116 6.31 134.7
2008 TUC AAA PCL 2 2 11.0 0 0 0 8 6 9 3 99 6.5 4.9 2.5 7.4 0% .185 1.27 8.12 4.09 120 3.81 78.0
2009 CIN MLB NL 26 19 119.7 7 12 1 126 64 68 18 97 9.5 4.8 1.4 5.1 0% .280 1.59 5.62 5.34 130 6.74 144.5
2009 LOU AAA INT 2 2 10.3 1 0 0 8 7 5 1 108 7.0 6.1 0.9 4.4 0% .233 1.46 5.77 0.87 127 4.67 98.2
2010 CIN MLB NL 22 0 33.3 3 2 0 28 25 35 3 99 7.6 6.8 0.8 9.5 0% .287 1.59 4.69 5.40 118 5.26 118.7
2010 LOU AAA INT 8 5 20.3 0 0 0 20 10 13 1 99 8.9 4.4 0.4 5.8 0% .297 1.48 5.01 2.22 0 0.00 0.0
2011 ARI MLB NL 33 4 63.0 8 0 0 56 23 44 8 100 8.0 3.3 1.1 6.3 0% .258 1.25 4.43 3.57 115 4.92 114.3
2011 RNO AAA PCL 7 7 39.0 3 1 0 41 9 27 5 125 9.5 2.1 1.2 6.2 0% .290 1.28 4.90 4.85 94 2.53 51.7
2012 SDN MLB NL 6 0 9.7 0 2 0 8 5 7 1 100 7.4 4.7 0.9 6.5 0% .259 1.34 4.89 2.79 97 4.51 103.3
2013 HUN AA SOU 6 0 6.0 0 0 0 3 1 11 0 4.5 1.5 0.0 16.5 0% .333 0.67 -0.27 0.00 45 2.27 49.3
2013 BRR Rk AZL 2 0 3.0 1 0 0 1 1 4 0 3.0 3.0 0.0 12.0 0% .143 0.67 2.33 0.00 90 2.63 57.2
2014 JAX AA SOU 2 2 8.3 1 1 0 12 3 10 2 99 13.0 3.2 2.2 10.8 0% .417 1.80 5.34 5.40 98 6.92 146.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2008 1692 0.5201 0.4586 0.7822 0.6398 0.2623 0.8313 0.6526 0.2178
2009 2061 0.5230 0.4372 0.8058 0.6197 0.2370 0.8563 0.6609 0.1942
2010 638 0.5282 0.4420 0.7270 0.6469 0.2126 0.7248 0.7344 0.2730
2011 1040 0.5202 0.4894 0.8153 0.6322 0.3347 0.8567 0.7305 0.1847
2012 169 0.4793 0.4615 0.8077 0.6667 0.2727 0.8889 0.6250 0.1923
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Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-03 - Minors - - Right Upper Arm Strain Triceps -
2013-03-18 2013-03-20 Camp 2 0 - Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-04-26 2012-10-04 60-DL 161 143 Right Elbow Surgery Loose Bodies - -
2010-02-28 2010-03-08 Camp 8 0 General Medical Illness -
2009-09-07 2009-09-20 DTD 13 13 Left Head Laceration HBP Near Ear and Perforated Eardrum -
2009-07-27 2009-08-20 15-DL 24 22 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2008-08-09 2008-09-02 Minors 24 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2008-07-02 2008-07-04 DTD 2 2 Low Back Strain -
2008-06-27 2008-06-27 DTD 0 0 Right Hip Soreness Gluteal Muscles -
2008-04-26 2008-04-26 DTD 0 0 Right Ankle Sprain -
2008-03-03 2008-03-03 Camp 0 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-04-18 2007-05-03 15-DL 15 14 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 WAS $
2012 SDN $500,000
2010 CIN $440,000
2009 CIN $420,000
2008 ARI $402,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$1,762,000
5 yrTotal$1,762,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 35 dScott Boras1 year (2013)

Details
  • 1 year (2013). Signed by Washington as a free agent 2/6/13 (minor-league contract). Released by Washington 7/1/13. Signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 7/12/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2012). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/2/12. 12:$0.5M. Released by San Diego 10/23/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Signed by Arizona as a free agent 1/11 (minor-league contract). Non-tendered by Arizona 12/12/11.
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2010). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/10. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/25/10 after being DFA by Cincinnati 8/17/10.
  • 1 year/$0.42M (2009). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/10/09.
  • 1 year/$0.402M (2008). Re-signed by Arizona 3/9/08. Acquired by Cincinnati in trade from Arizona 9/12/08 (completing 8/11/08 trade of Adam Dunn).
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased 4/07.
  • Drafted 2005 (3-83). $0.44M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)How likely are the Rays to sign Chris Davis next season to serve as a power source/mop-up man combination 25th man after yesterday?
(ackbar from trap, closet)
Tommy Rancel (of ESPN Florida) joked during this past offseason about the Rays signing Micah Owings a their 25th man who could pitch in mop-up roles and pinch-hit. I hope it happens at some point. That would be a delightful roster mechanism. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-02-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does the future hold for Micah Owings? Another chance to pitch for the Reds? Change of scenery? Conversion to position play? Outpatient procedure to remove the protruding fork?
(Rex Little from Big Bear, CA)
I wrote in the annual that his only chance for a future might be an unorthodox position switch, and it looks like that's in the cards. After signing Owings to a minor-league deal a week or so ago, Kevin Towers said this:

"I would imagine he'll see a little bit of time at first base, how much time I can't tell you. I know we definitely want to get him some at-bats. He is kind of a dual-weapon guy. It would be nice to have a guy who on the days he may not be pitching you would still have a very good right-handed bat to win a game for you."

So that's your answer, though that fork removal may still be necessary before long. (Ben Lindbergh)
2009-05-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)With teams insisting on having 12 or 13 arms on the roster at all times, when are teams going to actively seek out the Micah Owings type who can hit and play a position as well as pitch. Couldn't teams actively look for this type of player in their system to pitch 50 to 60 low leverage innings and be a useful bat off of the bench. It would certainly allow for more flexibility and nobody would have to waste a roster spot on a low leverage middle reliever who should be pitching in a beer league anyway.
(Peeig13 from The Second City)
I'd suggest that it's easier to suggest than accomplish or try to conjure up; to put it in player development terms, nobody's drafting people in the hope that they grow up to be the next Brooks Kieschnick, indeed, they positively want to avoid seeing anybody become a Kieschnick. They'd rather a guy grew up to be a good left fielder or a good starting pitcher, and in point of fact, those things are a whole hell of a lot more valuable to an organization than a Brookstone-level roster inspiration. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-02-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance we'll ever see a true 2-way player in baseball? A guy who pitches once every 5 days and plays the field the other 4? Or even better, a guy that regularly gets used in relief? Seems like there would be a real benefit to having that kind of flexibility, especially in the NL.
(Josh from Providence, RI)
I've asked this same question, Josh, and the answer's almost automatically negative. Both things are really hard to do; while I wish we had more guys like Micah Owings or even Brooks Kieschnick to enjoy, I think we have to accept that even that level of contribution is rare. Owings might be as close as we ever get, and while I think he's a solid enough starter, you'd have to also put him on a team short of a first baseman, and that takes a combination of events that seems hard to achieve. Still, I'll love to see if he gets to DH in any interleague matchups. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-12-04 13:30:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, What are your thoughts on Micah Owings and Clay Buchholz (for a keeper league)? Thanks! Alan
(Alan from N.C.)
There's a big gap between the two. Owings is a midrotation guy, maybe slightly less, who can hit well enough to make that a real part of his value. Buchholz is a #2 starter in the making, someone who's going to win 150 games. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-24 15:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Micah Owings? Can he get back to the pitcher he was in 2007? As a Reds fan, I like him. His minor league numbers compare favorably to Aaron Harang's.
(Brandon from Charleston)
Harang is an interesting comp, because he struggled through his first couple of seasons and didn't break through until his age-27 season in 2005. With Owings, however, there just isn't all that much data to go on--he only threw 200 innings in the minors (Harang threw over 500). I'm not all that high on Owings, and you have to be concerned about the shoulder issues, but I think he can be a solid No. 4 starter. With his bat, that has a good deal of value. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think we will ever see real two-way players in baseball? Especially in the NL, I see real value in having a guy on the bench you can pitch mop up innings and pinch hit reasonably well. Whatever happened to Brooks Kieschnick? As a side note, as someone who has lived in England for a while, I am struck by the similarities between baseball and cricket. Cricket has "all-rounders", guys who can both bowl (ie pitch) and bat OK. Why don't we?
(erghammer from DC)
Well, Kieschnick wasn't a really good pitcher, so he was an odd sort of utility player, very useful, but also very rare. Generally speaking, I guess I share the skepticism of the scouting community at large when it comes to how often this can be done, because I think the learning curves involved (mastering pitching to advanced competition, *and* mastering hitting advanced pitching) is really very hard. I think we have players who are close to it in Micah Owings or Carlos Zambrano, except that in either instance, the question is what they'd do beyond pitching and pinch-hitting; in Owings' case, I think there's some college-level experience playing in the field, but where on the diamond would you put the Big Z? And what would you do when you wound up getting killed because he got hurt in a rundown or running into an outfield wall? Most teams don't want to deal with that kind of media firestorm, even if they were afforded the rare opportunity. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-15 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance the Reds are considering/will consider making Micah Owings a position player? Would that be a good, mediocre, or miserable idea?
(Scott from Ann Arbor, MI)
I really doubt they're considering anything of the sort, nor should they. Owings can be a valuable part of a big-league rotation, but might only make a mediocre first baseman or corner outfielder. It's easier to find a Ben Broussard type than a third or fourth starter. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-06-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)You said today in your mock draft that teams prefer Hicks as a pitcher - does his bat play in the OF? If so, could he be tried as a two-way player (OF/SP), or is his upside a Micah Owings-type NL starter?
(John from SF)
If Hicks never took the mound, we'd be talking about him as a late first-round centerfielder, as the tools are there. You can't develop anyone as a two-way player -- it's a recipe for disaster on both fronts. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-04-25 15:00:00 (link to chat)Jay, I've watched a number of games involving NL West teams this year. If the Diamondbacks get something from Randy Johnson this year (say, 20 decent-to-good starts), aren't they going to be tough to catch. It seems like the Dodgers and Rockies are going to have a tough time putting up the pitching and the Padres bats just aren't anything to write home about.
(squintsp34 from Chicago)
The Snakes are off to a great start, and as I onted atop this week's Hit List, the fact that Micah Owings has been pitching about as well as Brandon Webb and Dan Haren is a big reason why. They started the year with 13 consecutive quality starts between them, and as a whole, the rotation's ERA is still under 3.00. Whether it's Johnson or Doug Davis, if they can get a functional performance from their #4, they'll be very tough to beatn, particularly in a division where the other teams sem content to fall on their faces. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-05-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Joe, thanks for the chat. At what point do you start getting Micah Owings some starts in the field? Or starts every day?
(jtrichey from Indianapolis)
Never. He's a good pitcher, and not a good enough hitter to play a corner on that team. I would, however, be using him as a PH with alarming frequency. He could get 150 PAs for me. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-02-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Back of the rotation guys for this year John Danks, Micah Owings, or Dontrelle Willis? How about in the future? Possible keeper worthy?
(jake1m from Gold Country, CA)
Wow, that's downright Pollock-like in its spread. I'm with the school of thought that Willis will profit from getting out from behind a lousy Marlins defense. I really, really like what Owings could turn into, but part of that is an understandable fascination with the man's hitting. (Christina Kahrl)


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