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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 27)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
545 .249 12 63 54 19 87 1.2
Birth Date8-12-1991
Height5' 10"
Weight185 lbs
Age27 years, 11 months, 7 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
-1.82015
0.42016
1.22017
-0.42018
1.22019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2013 ARI 21 20 61 16 5 0 0 6 10 0 2 0 .291 .361 .382 87 -0.8 -0.9 -0.7 0.0
2014 ARI 22 91 332 81 15 6 6 16 67 2 8 1 .261 .300 .406 87 -4.7 -0.8 -5.0 0.1
2015 ARI 23 147 552 117 27 5 4 26 144 1 16 4 .227 .264 .322 59 -24.4 1.9 -9.7 -1.8
2016 ARI 24 119 466 121 24 11 5 20 87 5 21 2 .277 .315 .416 81 -9.9 1.9 -5.3 0.4
2017 ARI 25 97 386 97 25 1 12 17 87 1 12 2 .268 .299 .442 85 -6.2 -0.6 6.1 1.2
2018 ARI 26 106 309 58 15 0 4 24 75 2 11 4 .206 .272 .302 70 -10.2 0.8 -1.6 -0.4
2019 KCA 27 40 145 18 4 1 2 8 55 2 4 1 .133 .193 .222 35 -11.5 1.0 -1.1 -0.7
Career62022515081152433117525137414.242.285.36873-67.73.4-17.3-1.1

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 PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2009 MSO Rk PIO 24 111 .269 .340 .413 .383 106 3.9 4.3 1.7 109 0 0.9 1.1 3.4 1.1
2010 SBN A MDW 62 271 .257 .333 .386 .351 105 1.2 7.9 3.6 102 0 2.8 -0.2 0.9 1.5
2011 VIS A+ CAL 121 555 .273 .342 .422 .305 99 -13.4 16.6 7.1 70 0 9.9 -1.2 -21.1 1.1
2012 VIS A+ CAL 59 257 .274 .341 .423 .399 98 17 7.7 3 127 0 2.1 1.4 7.9 2.2
2012 MOB AA SOU 69 310 .251 .330 .376 .324 104 -9.6 8.5 3.7 78 0 7.5 -0.2 -5.4 1.5
2012 SRR Wnt AFL 21 92 .000 .000 .000 .329 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ARI MLB NL 20 61 .258 .314 .398 .356 103 -0.3 1.6 0.5 87 13 -0.7 -0.9 -0.8 0.0
2013 RNO AAA PCL 125 575 .276 .339 .424 .386 112 7.3 16.4 6.5 116 0 4.7 6.3 5.0 4.0
2014 ARI MLB NL 91 332 .250 .308 .391 .314 106 -3.6 8.6 2.8 87 11 -5.0 -0.8 -4.7 0.1
2014 RNO AAA PCL 10 40 .270 .330 .442 .323 99 -3.7 1.2 0 53 0 -0.1 0.8 -2.5 -0.1
2014 DIA Rk AZL 3 10 .000 .000 .000 .571 0.0 234 0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.0
2015 ARI MLB NL 147 552 .254 .314 .398 .305 97 -24.4 14.9 0.9 59 8 -9.7 1.9 -24.4 -1.8
2016 ARI MLB NL 119 466 .253 .318 .412 .334 102 -4.2 13.2 4.1 81 6 -5.3 1.9 -9.9 0.4
2016 RNO AAA PCL 5 21 .286 .334 .449 .714 114 5.1 0.6 0.2 185 0 0.1 0.0 1.5 0.2
2016 DIA Rk AZL 2 6 .275 .339 .380 .250 101 -0.3 0.2 0 74 0 -0.1 0.2 -0.3 0.0
2017 ARI MLB NL 97 386 .259 .325 .434 .318 98 2.1 11.3 1.7 85 8 6.1 -0.6 -6.2 1.2
2018 ARI MLB NL 106 309 .243 .310 .397 .265 98 -14.4 8.7 -1.4 70 8 -1.6 0.8 -10.2 -0.4
2018 RNO AAA PCL 21 92 .290 .354 .469 .342 122 -4.7 2.7 0 67 0 0.1 1.4 -2.8 0.1
2019 KCA MLB AL 40 145 .248 .318 .437 .205 105 -16.7 4.4 0.1 35 12 -1.1 1.0 -11.5 -0.7
2019 PAW AAA INT 24 101 .257 .337 .434 .397 90 6 3.5 0.7 0 0 0.0 -0.3 1.2 0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2009 MSO Rk PIO 111 108 20 33 5 1 2 46 10 3 25 3 0 .306 .324 .426 .120 0 0
2010 SBN A MDW 271 255 39 76 19 2 5 114 28 9 50 1 3 .298 .325 .447 .149 2 2
2011 VIS A+ CAL 555 521 67 128 29 6 11 202 50 15 130 10 4 .246 .274 .388 .142 4 8
2012 SRR Wnt AFL 92 91 12 25 9 1 1 39 9 0 17 4 1 .275 .275 .429 .154 0 1
2012 VIS A+ CAL 257 241 51 78 16 2 11 131 24 13 63 8 3 .324 .362 .544 .220 1 0
2012 MOB AA SOU 310 297 35 78 10 3 6 112 28 11 69 4 3 .263 .291 .377 .114 0 1
2013 ARI MLB NL 61 55 5 16 5 0 0 21 5 6 10 2 0 .291 .361 .382 .091 0 0
2013 RNO AAA PCL 575 546 104 180 31 8 12 263 81 22 99 20 7 .330 .359 .482 .152 0 4
2014 DIA Rk AZL 10 7 1 4 0 0 0 4 2 3 0 5 0 .571 .700 .571 .000 0
2014 ARI MLB NL 332 310 34 81 15 6 6 126 26 16 67 8 1 .261 .300 .406 .145 2
2014 RNO AAA PCL 40 40 6 10 1 0 0 11 1 0 9 3 0 .250 .250 .275 .025 0
2015 ARI MLB NL 552 515 59 117 27 5 4 166 43 26 144 16 4 .227 .264 .322 .095 3 7
2016 RNO AAA PCL 21 18 7 11 1 1 1 17 6 3 3 0 1 .611 .667 .944 .333 0 0
2016 ARI MLB NL 466 437 52 121 24 11 5 182 49 20 87 21 2 .277 .315 .416 .140 2 2
2016 DIA Rk AZL 6 5 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 0 0
2017 ARI MLB NL 386 362 41 97 25 1 12 160 51 17 87 12 2 .268 .299 .442 .174 4 2
2018 RNO AAA PCL 92 91 15 26 4 2 1 37 11 1 17 1 2 .286 .293 .407 .121 0 0
2018 ARI MLB NL 309 281 34 58 15 0 4 85 22 24 75 11 4 .206 .272 .302 .096 2 0
2019 PAW AAA INT 101 90 11 28 5 0 3 42 12 8 26 5 1 .311 .360 .467 .156 2 1
2019 KCA MLB AL 145 135 9 18 4 1 2 30 9 8 55 4 1 .133 .193 .222 .089 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2013 220 0.5045 0.4682 0.8058 0.6216 0.3119 0.8841 0.6471 0.1942 -0.0035
2014 1188 0.4815 0.4924 0.8017 0.6259 0.3685 0.9022 0.6432 0.1983 -0.0005
2015 1956 0.5072 0.5230 0.7361 0.6583 0.3838 0.8484 0.5378 0.2639 0.0049
2016 1605 0.5084 0.5115 0.7832 0.6520 0.3663 0.8778 0.6090 0.2168 0.0000
2017 1360 0.4581 0.5507 0.7664 0.7223 0.4057 0.8911 0.5786 0.2336 0.0000
2018 1117 0.4897 0.5013 0.7518 0.6874 0.3228 0.8750 0.5000 0.2482 0.0000
2019 570 0.5000 0.4491 0.6719 0.5754 0.3228 0.7866 0.4674 0.3281 0.0000
Career80160.49230.51110.75990.66020.36690.86980.56730.24010.0010

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
2014-09-24 2014-09-29 DTD 5 4 Left Shoulder Soreness -
2014-06-25 2014-09-02 15-DL 69 57 Left Shoulder Strain -
2014-06-22 2014-06-24 DTD 2 1 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2012-08-15 2012-08-27 Minors 12 12 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2010-06-21 2010-09-07 Minors 78 0 Right Foot Inflammation Plantar Fasciitis -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 KCA $3,000,000
2018 ARI $3,400,000
2017 ARI $2,300,000
2016 ARI $530,500
2015 ARI $512,500
2014 ARI $500,000
2013 ARI $
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$7,243,000
2019Current$3,000,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$10,243,000
6 yrTotal$10,243,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 12 dACES1 year/$3M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$3M (2019). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/5/18. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 325, 350, 375, 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 plate appearances. $0.1M for 550 PA. DFA by Kansas City 5/31/19. Released 6/4/19. Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/17/19 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year/$3.4M (2018). Re-signed by Arizona 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by Arizona 11/30/18.
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2017). Signed by Arizona 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.5305M (2016). Re-signed by Arizona 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2015). Re-signed by Arizona 3/6/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2014). Re-signed by Arizona 3/3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Arizona 9/3/13.
  • Drafted by Arizona 2009 (1s-41) (Gilbert HS, S.C.). $0.95M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 589 74 151 32 4 14 64 43 121 23 6 .282 .340 .436 105 26.3 2B 2, SS 1 2.9
80o 574 70 141 30 3 13 60 40 120 22 6 .270 .326 .413 99 20.0 2B 2, SS 1 2.2
70o 563 67 135 28 3 13 58 38 119 21 6 .263 .318 .405 94 15.6 2B 2, SS 1 1.8
60o 554 64 129 27 3 12 56 37 119 20 5 .254 .309 .391 91 12.0 2B 1, SS 1 1.4
50o 545 62 125 26 3 12 54 35 118 19 5 .250 .303 .386 87 8.7 2B 1, SS 1 1.0
40o 536 60 119 25 3 11 52 34 117 18 5 .242 .295 .372 84 5.6 2B 1, SS 1 0.7
30o 527 58 115 24 3 11 50 32 117 18 5 .237 .288 .367 80 2.3 2B 1, SS 1 0.3
20o 516 55 109 23 3 10 48 31 116 17 5 .229 .280 .353 76 -1.4 2B 1, SS 1 -0.1
10o 501 52 102 21 3 10 45 29 114 15 4 .220 .269 .343 70 -6.3 2B 1, SS 1 -0.6
Weighted Mean54663125263125435118195.250.302.385889.22B 1, SS 11.1

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
2020284024490192942268613.244.299.380880.86.60.3-0.110.3-3.80.4
2021293864387182941268112.246.301.382900.86.70.2-0.39.9-3.20.3
202230307336514163122688.235.295.362830.43.5-0.0-0.37.9-4.10.3
202331359397816183725799.240.299.368860.54.6-0.1-0.49.2-4.10.3
202432343377417183624757.237.296.373850.54.1-0.2-0.58.8-4.00.3
202533327367215273423726.242.300.374870.54.1-0.3-0.68.4-3.40.3
202634353397816283624786.242.299.374860.54.0-0.4-0.79.1-3.90.3
202735326357015163222734.235.291.359810.32.4-0.4-0.88.4-4.80.3
202836313346914273221703.239.296.370850.32.9-0.5-0.88.0-3.90.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 81)

Rank Score Name Year DRC+ Trend
1 87 Mel Clark 1954 69
2 86 Roman Mejias 1958 86
3 85 Alex Ochoa 1999 116
4 85 Jose Guillen 2003 124
5 85 George Wright 1986 61
6 84 Russ Snyder 1961 79
7 84 Cliff Heathcote 1925 89
8 84 Bob Addis 1953 75
9 84 Walter French 1927 80
10 84 John Morris 1988 80
11 83 Bill Robinson 1970 0 DNP
12 83 Stan Jefferson 1990 75
13 83 Randy Moore 1933 108
14 83 Homer Summa 1926 102
15 83 Walt Williams 1971 107
16 83 Ken Walters 1961 58
17 83 Doug Taitt 1930 0 DNP
18 83 Barry Bonnell 1981 75
19 83 Mike Kingery 1988 76
20 82 Gene Green 1960 90
21 82 Dave Collins 1980 99
22 82 Leon Culberson 1947 86
23 82 Denny Hocking 1997 69
24 82 Jerry Morales 1976 105
25 82 Turner Ward 1992 105
26 81 Bob Zupcic 1994 66
27 81 Mark Davidson 1988 60
28 81 Oscar Brown 1973 61
29 81 Joe Grace 1941 122
30 81 Steve Brye 1976 86
31 81 Brent Brede 1999 0 DNP
32 81 Brian McRae 1995 93
33 81 Frank Welch 1925 92
34 81 Lenny Green 1960 111
35 81 Juan Lagares 2016 84
36 80 Paul Dade 1979 85
37 80 Gary Woods 1982 81
38 80 Curt Ford 1988 56
39 80 Dewayne Wise 2005 0 DNP
40 80 Marvin Benard 1998 101
41 80 Bruce Boisclair 1980 0 DNP
42 80 Paul Householder 1986 69
43 80 Shawn Abner 1993 0 DNP
44 80 Omar Infante 2009 99
45 80 Tony Tarasco 1998 77
46 80 George Vukovich 1983 69
47 80 Hector Cruz 1980 77
48 80 Joe Christopher 1963 81
49 80 Frank Demaree 1937 115
50 80 Johnny Welaj 1941 59
51 79 John Mabry 1998 76
52 79 Jeff Francoeur 2011 112
53 79 Troy O'Leary 1997 105
54 79 Charlie Gilbert 1947 80
55 79 Ethan Allen 1931 103
56 79 Terry Moore 1939 113
57 79 Jim Busby 1954 100
58 79 Ray Coleman 1949 0 DNP
59 79 Russ Scarritt 1930 68
60 79 Tito Landrum 1982 92
61 79 Dan Dobbek 1962 0 DNP
62 79 Pat McNulty 1926 72
63 79 Jeffrey Hammonds 1998 103
64 79 Cory Sullivan 2007 87
65 79 John Christensen 1988 78
66 79 Frenchy Bordagaray 1937 89
67 79 Gerardo Parra 2014 84
68 79 Marv Rackley 1949 91
69 79 Don Mueller 1954 99
70 78 Danny Santana 2018 71
71 78 Rick Bosetti 1981 70
72 78 Jim Fairey 1972 74
73 78 Ken Berry 1968 84
74 78 Reed Johnson 2004 79
75 78 Darryl Motley 1987 72
76 78 Myril Hoag 1935 56
77 78 Mel Almada 1940 0 DNP
78 78 Bob Usher 1952 93
79 78 Luis Melendez 1977 83
80 78 Dain Clay 1947 0 DNP
81 78 Jim Wohlford 1978 86
82 78 Bud Clancy 1928 81
83 78 Pete Fox 1936 93
84 78 Rowland Office 1980 103
85 78 Jerry Mumphrey 1980 98
86 78 Jimmy Welsh 1930 70
87 78 Brian Asselstine 1981 88
88 78 Jimmy Wasdell 1941 92
89 78 James Mouton 1996 83
90 78 Randy Reese 1931 0 DNP
91 78 Mule Haas 1931 101
92 78 Larry Murray 1980 0 DNP
93 78 Jack Rothrock 1932 74
94 78 Jack Burns 1935 88
95 78 Bob Sadowski 1964 0 DNP
96 78 David Hulse 1995 58
97 78 Max Venable 1984 83
98 78 Bobby Gene Smith 1961 81
99 77 Tike Redman 2004 76
100 77 Butch Davis 1985 0 DNP

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 A fractured finger sustained during a bunt attempt put an end to what was easily Owings' best season in the big leagues. It was a good reminder that in due time, everything fractures in its own way. Our faith in humanity. Our belief that Pauly Shore is funny. Our desire to devour any handful of M&M's within reach. Perhaps that third one never truly fractures, or instead just heals rather quickly. Similarly, Owings should be ready for Opening Day following a pair of surgeries on the finger. There's no way of telling whether he's ready to give Bio-Dome another try.
2017 Owings was limited in 2015 by the lingering effects of a 2014 shoulder injury that went undiagnosed for much of that season, as he struggled to adopt a two-handed finish on his swing. Things turned around in 2016, when he was selected a few days before the start of the season to play center field in A.J. Pollock's absence. To his credit, Owings held his own at the position, but by midseason he was back to providing below-average defense at shortstop with a below-average bat. It seems Owings has recovered from his injury, and is well on his way to reaching his replacement-level ceiling.
2016 Owings wasn't just disappointing in 2015; he was historically abysmal. He reached base exactly as many times (144) as he struck out, becoming only the 21st player ever to qualify for the batting title without reaching more than he whiffed. Most of Owings' predecessors were thoroughly vexed power hitters (Mark Reynolds, Adam Dunn, Rob Deer) who nonetheless tatered a bunch. To find somebody with Owings' mass of suck and lack of slug, go all the way back to Bill Cunningham in 1911. Owings had curiously low splits against lefties, so if it's all BABIP luck, then perhaps he'll bounce back better than Cunningham, who would go on to play eight more games in his career and eventually die.
2015 After his promising debut, Owings' sequel got chipped away by all sorts of second-year taxes: Right-handers with a plan bullied him with breaking stuff; his previous strike-zone issues resurfaced; and a shoulder injury wiped out two months of his summer (and ultimately required offseason surgery). Results aside, C.O. has star qualities. He is rangy with a good throwing arm, has simple hitting mechanics, and makes loud contact for a player his size. He absolutely tears down the first base line, and as a rule would rather run (rather well) than walk anywhere. He doesn't just have good instincts, he has great ones, as in an April 4th highlight: He dove into the hole to field a ball, hopped up, considered a play at third, but did the algebra just in time to spin and get a force out at second. Provided his shoulder holds up, Owings still stands a chance to be the best of a young group of infielders.
2014 Last year we wrote about his tendency to swing and miss, hinting at a make-or-break year. So does Chris Owings read BP? Consider it made. He thrived in Triple-A, winning the Pacific Coast League MVP by leading in total bases, cutting down his strikeouts and sizably boosting his average. He's not a walker so much as a pepperer, spraying the ball for extra bases. A September call-up teased all of this ability, and in a situation where no one shortstop stands out as the answer, Owings could split time between short and second if he doesn't take full ownership of the starting job.
2013 Owings conquered the California League on his second go-round, but his hacktastic approach was exposed against the advanced pitchers in Double-A. Owings has been young for his levels, and the Diamondbacks can afford to be patient with his timetable as long as he continues to make adjustments, but his atrocious strikeout-to-walk ratios are a harbinger of doom. Pitch recognition will only get tougher as he climbs the minor-league ladder, with increasing diets of off-speed pitches as he reaches the upper levels. By the end of 2013 the Diamondbacks should have a much better idea whether Owings will be a meaningful part of their long-term plans.
2012 Owings probably wasn’t the best hitter with that surname in the Arizona organization last season—and the other Owings was a pitcher. Chris struck out in 23.4 percent of his plate appearances for Visalia—more often than any shortstop in the majors—and his 8.7 K:BB ratio was easily the worst among players with at least 500 PA in High-A (or Double-A or Triple-A, for that matter). In an even more disturbing development for a player whose future depends on his glove, Owings committed the most errors in the California League. He’s still young for his level, but his struggles in the field could make him a second baseman down the road. Unfortunately for him, there are few roads for second basemen with sub-.300 OBPs that don’t end in early retirement.
2011 Owings is a pesky little shortstop with energy out the wazoo. As fundamentally sound as they come, he should advance quickly, though if he makes it to the major leagues it won't be as a star. Still, there are worse everyday shortstops than Owings playing right now—at a time when there is a dearth of shortstops, adjectives like "good," "solid," and "true shortstop," all of which have been applied to Owings, are nothing to sneeze at.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-12-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Owings to KC. World Series or bust!
(6'11" Bottom from Still getting butt surgery)
That sure was a Kansas City signing. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the injury to Jhonny Peralta, what options do the Cardinals have? What do you think of the in-house options, Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz? Any SS available out there for trade?
(Zonk from Chi-Town)
Synergy! The best option might be the one floated by Dave Cameron at FanGraphs already: Erick Aybar. With Ozzie Albies already the talk of Braves camp, I could certainly see the Braves making this move, and Aybar feels like a very Cardinals ballplayer. I am not all in on Garcia or Diaz, and Gyorko at shortstop is cringe-inducing. They should make a move. They're not very exciting options, but I think the Cards could give the Mets a call about one of Wilmer Flores, Matt Reynolds, or Dilson Herrera. Or maybe Arizona for Chris Owings or Nick Ahmed. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have Chris Owings and Derek Dietrich at $5 and Cory Spangengerg at $11 in my 10 team NL only league. I was not planning on keeping them but their prices in LABR has me reconsidering. Would you keep any of them?
(reverentcats from Aurora, IL)
I'd consider Owings. It sounds like he will at least have a job share and good run. Cory Spangenberg is borderline in a 10-team, though you could keep him. I don't get the Dietrich love. He's talented but where does he play? I think you get him for less if you throw him back. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Chris Owings? He seems to have an underrated offensive profile (potential for power, speed, and decent average). Do you think he'll be a top 10 shortstop in 2015?
(Michael from Baltimore)
I agree he seems to be a bit underrated. He's going to be a fine player at his peak, one capable of hitting .260-.275 with average pop and 15-18 stolen bases. He's not going to get on base as much as many fans of today's game would like, but that won't prevent him from being a fine player. Top 10 shortstop in 2015 may be a bit of a stretch, but not out of the realm of possibility in the future. (Mark Anderson)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)What type of line can you see Chris owings producing this year if he stays healthy. 12 hr 15 sbs .270ish? I just have a bad feeling that he is closer to Josh Rutledge, please tell me im wrong
(Isaac from Ohio)
No player in the big leagues this season (min. 100 PA's) had a worse minor league K/BB rate than Chris Owings (5.86) or a lower walk rate (3.57%). Even if he hits .270, it will be with a .300 on-base percentage. If you're looking for fantasy purposes, then maybe this doesn't concern you, but I'm worried about whether he'll hit enough to stay in the lineup everyday. He's going to make an awful lot of outs. (Jeff Moore)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)With Didi out of Arizona how much does this affect the stock of Chris Owings?
(Julio from SanAnto)
It's good news, obviously but I don't think it's a big impact. Owings played over Gregorius when healthy anyway. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Next year I am closing for ___(insert team here)___.
(Greg Holland from KC)
You seem gritty. The Diamondbacks will probably trade Archie Bradley and Chris Owings for you in December. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)I just picked up Chris Owings in my 10-team dynasty league with 40 man rosters. I know he was ranked highly (#28 I think?) in the preseason 101. Where does he rank in comparison to other young shortstops in a dynasty league? Does he have as much (or more) fantasy value as guys like Lindor, Anderson, Crawford, Mondesi, and Gordon?
(Chris from Washington, DC)
I'd rank him behind Lindor and above the rest. He's not flashy, but he'll do a little bit of everything for you 5x5 wise. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give us any possible breakout candidates for next season from a dynasty baseball league perspective?
(Jake from MI)
I hope A.J. Pollock gets healthy and gets another long look next year, he could be a 15/20 type of guy in that ballpark. Same with his teammate Chris Owings. Those two come quickly to mind. (Cory Schwartz)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dump E. Cabrera for Chris Owings? 12-team 5x5 keeper league.
(surista from London)
I'd do that unless SBs were a primary need... heck, I might just do it either way given how poor Everth been lately (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Has Chris Owings finally fallen into D-backs dregs or will he come out of his funk and compete for the RoY honors?
(Silverback38 from VA)
Don't give up on Owings. He's going through an adjustment period and I believe he'll come out of it fine. (Bret Sayre)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)I've been offered Yan Gomes for AJ Pierzynski and Chris Owings (RBI S HR AVG RUNS) H2h do you bite Mr. Carsley
(dancini from Pgh)
Yes. I think Gomes and AJ are roughly equivalent, and Owings is a great throw-in. I bite. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)I recently traded Chris Sales & Chris Owings for Eric Hosmer & A. Simmons. Did I overpay?
(jtwalsh from Northport, NY)
Well, before Sale got hurt it was closer, but we would have taken Hosmer and Simmons all along. Also, props on mastering the dark arts and injuring Chris Sale--as if White Sox fans could get more depressed. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-04-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)que pasa? 12 tm H2H categories 6X6 (hlds & OPS) keeper. at $1 each; Owings, Colabello, Blackmon, and Semien. Who will I drop first who will be on my team all year and who will I sign to a 3 year contract?
(Julio from San Antonio)
Que pasa compa, Charlie Blackmon is the guy I think you're cutting first and I think you'll have a very happy life with Chris Owings. He's growing on me in a very positive way and I think he might be able to contribute across all 5 offensive categories. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)I own Brad Miller and Chris Owings in a dynasty league, no MI spot. Which one would you keep and which would you trade?
(Jimmy from Philly)
"Truck driver Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) and his friend, restaurant owner Wang Chi (Dennis Dun), go to the airport to pick up Wang's fiancee Miao Yin (Suzee Pai), who is arriving from China. A Chinese street gang, the Lords of Death, tries to kidnap another Chinese girl at the airport who is being met by her friend Gracie Law (Kim Cattrall), intending to sell her as a sex slave." (Jason Parks)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Also would like to thank you and the TINO guys as I grabbed Starlin Castro in my draft and hedged with Chris Owings in my supplemental draft due to your podcast I've got a nice backup for Starlin Castro-phe
(Dan from Pittsburgh)
I (and we) appreciate the kind words. If you (or anyone else - anyone? Bueller?) likes the pod, a rating and review on iTunes can go a long way. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of potential does Chris Owings have?
(Scott from Cali)
Everyday starter with a good bat and solid defense. Whether he reaches that potential is to be determined. The approach is a little concerning. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Chris Owings coming away with the SS job in Ari?
(dastard from ON)
If not on opening day then my Memorial day, yes. He's a better hitter and a good enough shortstop. Only reason he won't is because they want Didi to play every day and dont want to send him down. Owings is better though. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Chris Owings have the defensive chops to be a first-division regular at 2B/SS?
(Chad from Prospectville, USA)
Yes. Underrated on defense. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-01-30 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dustin Ackley or Chris Owings which has the better upside at the plate.
(Jim from Tampa)
I like Owings better, at least relative to the stands of his position. (Ben Lindbergh)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Chris Owings bat for this year? What might his numbers look like, and do you think he beats out Gregorious for the majority of the plate appearences?
(treynay3 from Indy)
I like Owings more than Gregorius and think he should beat him out. There's some upside with the bat but I'm not sure you'll see it consistently in 2014. I think he's going to struggle because of his approach, but his glove should be good enough to keep him in the lineup and let him secure the position long term. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Chris Owings and the potential SS completion for the D-backs?
(Ben from Phoenix)
Really big fan and I hope they let him run with the position over Gregorius from a pure fantasy standpoint. He's not the defender Didi is, but I think he's a more complete player and would love to see his power play in that ballpark. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Major and minor-league player you think are headed for a breakout.
(Pie from Somewhere)
On the minor league side I think Alberto Tirado will really light it up. In the majors, I think Chris Owings can be really interesting if he wins the job. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Re: Chris Owings - can you elaborate on the power you expect and the hit tool to get there?
(Trey from Greenville)
I just think he can hit for a decent amount of pop in that ballpark. He's not a home run hitter but he can make solid contact. He's not special at the plate but he hardly needs to be to be above-average for a shortstop (Craig Goldstein)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your take on Chris Owings? Obviously he had a great season in 2013 but will his plate discipline improve? Do you think we'll see him take the starting shortstop job from Didi this year?
(Todd from living room )
I think he's going to be a quality middle-infielder for a very long time. Maybe a Michael Young type, minus the pejorative connotations. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your way too early predicitions for Rookie of the Year in each league?
(JohnBotelho from Chestnut Hill, MA)
In the AL, I'll go with Yordano Ventura. I think he's going to surprise people in the rotation. In the NL, I'll go with Chris Owings. Not a star player, but easy role 5 (and perhaps more) that should produce at a premium spot. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Just how valuable is a young, cheap, non-star shortstop like, say, Chris Owings? It seems like the market for shortstops is getting a bit crazy.
(jpaternostro from CT)
Extremely valuable. Hell of a player. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have between Chris Owings and Anthony Rendon, and by how great a margin?
(gerrybraun from sandiego)
Rendon, but that's in part due to familiarity, scouting lineage and the fact he's already put in a decent big league line at 23, while changing positions. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Shelby or Martinez for Chris Owings if you were the Cardinals? Or would you rather trade more to get Profar?
(Sara from Greensboro)
I think Owings is a nice player and will have a lengthy MLB career, but I don't do that deal. If you truly believe you can hold out and put some package together for Profar, I think you have to do it. (Mark Anderson)
2013-10-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank these first-year 2b in order of who will have the best career? Kolten Wong, Scooter Gennett, Nick Franklin, Chris Owings, Wilmer Flores, Jonathan Schoop, Marcus Semien, Grant Green. Thank you.
(The Kernel from Pasadena)
Wong, Owings, Franklin, Schoop, Gennett, Semien, Flores, Green. (Jason Parks)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson, Chris Owings, Brandon Workman, Tyler Skaggs, and Johnny Cueto just got traded for R.A. Dickey, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Adam Dunn in my league. Not a fan of the veto so I wont veto this trade in my league, but just how lopsided is this for the side receiving Lee, Dickey, etc.?
(Gary from Georgia)
Hi Gary:

It depends on if your league has contracts or allows you to slot guys into rounds if you have a draft league. Cueto is a potentially strong keep assuming health and Skaggs has a nice ceiling. I've seen leagues where getting Cueto and Skaggs will net you four players, and it's not like Dickey or Dunn have been anything close to elite. It sounds like this is atypical for your league, though. The answer to these types of questions often depend more on your league culture than anything else. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Z Borenstein R Liriano and C Owings? thanks
(Andy from WI)
Hi Andy:

Great numbers on Borenstein, but we're talking about a 23 year old in High-A ball. The numbers will get him to carry his clubs to the next course, but I'll be skeptical about a guy like this until he does it in the Majors. He's only a play in leagues with really deep reserve lists/farm systems.

Rymer Liriano? Great tools, but he's out for all of 2013, and from what I've heard he's not the kind of player a layoff helps out. 23 years old is not a good age to be trying to translate tools into skills.

Chris Owings has put up some silly numbers in the PCL but then it's a silly hitters' environment he's playing in. I'd like to see more plate discipline; I think MLB pitchers are going to expose him in this first go 'round; a sub 5% BB rate isn't a good indicator. You can't ignore the power/speed combo in fantasy though, and I've had concerns like this about other players where I've been dead wrong. (Mike Gianella)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Im in a 20 team dynasty league with a 5 man prospect roster. Staring me in the face on the waiver wire are Puello, Berrios, Stratton, and Eddie Butler. Would you add any of these guys over current guys on my roster Wilmer Flores, Chris Owings, Alen Hanson?
(Alec from Scottsdale, Az)
I really like Butler and Berrios, but I dont know anything about fantasy baseball so I'm not much help. If you want any advice about my fantasies for Tom Verducci, please re-submit. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Chris Owings fast start? Is he Josh Rutledge 2.0?
(Ryan from SLC)
Is being Josh Rutledge 2.0 a good thing or a bad thing? Owings can be a better baseball player and fantasy player than Rutledge. But then again, I am not a Rutledge fan. (Bret Sayre)


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