Chris Owings
Chris Owings
27-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A broken finger, suffered on a botched bunt attempt, ended Owings' season in late July, and he underwent a second surgery on the finger in November. That second procedure has clouded his status a bit for Opening Day, and Owings' skill set is not worth taking a big gamble on anyway. The 26-year-old walked at just a 4.4 percent clip in 2017, nearly identical to his marks from the previous three seasons, while his strikeout rate jumped roughly four percentage points to 22.5 percent (.313 wOBA). Owings did most of his damage at home, posting a dismal .219/.247/.343 line away from Chase Field. The uptick in power may be real given the likelihood of a new ball and Owings' return to a more pull-happy approach (39.1 percent Pull%). He also has good instincts on the basepaths to go with moderate speed, but playing time concerns abound. His best chance to see the field is at second base, where he will compete with Brandon Drury for starts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2017, avoiding arbitration.
Handling leadoff role
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 24, 2018
Owings will lead off and start in right field Monday against the Dodgers.
Owings will pick up his third start in five games after going 5-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and two runs over his previous two appearances. With Arizona officially eliminated from the postseason after losing its series to the Rockies over the weekend, manager Torey Lovullo will likely empty his bench more liberally over the final week of the regular season. That should translate to more playing time for the likes of Owings, who appears poised to finish the year strong after slashing just .195/.262/.281 over 282 plate appearances with the big club prior to his recent surge.
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Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .739 350 43 6 37 14 .277 .317 .422
Since 2016vs Right .674 811 84 15 85 30 .246 .290 .384
2018vs Left .702 142 16 2 10 5 .269 .317 .385
2018vs Right .465 167 18 2 12 6 .152 .234 .232
2017vs Left .685 92 8 2 12 4 .253 .283 .402
2017vs Right .759 294 33 10 39 8 .273 .305 .455
2016vs Left .826 116 19 2 15 5 .306 .345 .481
2016vs Right .700 350 33 3 34 16 .267 .305 .395
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Since 2016Home .759 572 75 16 76 25 .268 .310 .449
Since 2016Away .630 589 52 5 46 19 .244 .287 .344
2018Home .608 152 21 3 12 4 .225 .289 .319
2018Away .541 157 13 1 10 7 .189 .255 .287
2017Home .887 199 29 8 37 10 .315 .348 .538
2017Away .590 187 12 4 14 2 .219 .247 .343
2016Home .746 221 25 5 27 11 .255 .290 .457
2016Away .717 245 27 0 22 10 .297 .337 .380
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Owings was a versatile player for the Diamondbacks in 2016, as he filled a hole in center field and at short stop. His 47 starts in center were especially useful, as Arizona dealt with a rash of injuries to outfielders. Prior to last season, Owings hadn't made an appearance in the outfield at the MLB level, but he played well and could be an option there again in 2017. However, he's more valuable to fantasy owners as a middle infielder, though he's expected to fight with new arrival Ketel Marte and holdovers Brandon Drury and Nick Ahmed for reps there with A.J. Pollock returning to center field. When he's in the lineup, Owings doesn't offer much pop, but he does provide decent speed (21 steals last year and 16 in 2015). Playing time will determine his overall 2017 value, but he figures to at least be a cheap source of steals.
Owings, who primarily played at shortstop in 2014, made the transition to second base in 2015 to make room for Nick Ahmed. His main fantasy contribution last year came in stolen bases, as he swiped 16 in 20 attempts. Beyond that, however, Owings wasn’t much of an offensive threat. He batted .227 across 552 plate appearances, while scoring 59 runs and driving in 43. Owings also had just four home runs. For a guy who didn’t display much power,he struck out way too often, whiffing 26.1 percent of the time. Once a promising prospect in his own right, Owings could be pushed for playing time in 2016 by prospect Brandon Drury, especially if Owings continues to struggle at the plate. For now, he isn’t a player to consider in most formats, though if he does start to hit, his speed at a relatively scarce position could make him an interesting option.
Owings earned a spot on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster and was the team's primary shortstop for the first three months of the season before left shoulder soreness derailed his rookie season. He returned to the roster in September and shifted to second base, starting 18 of 20 games before the injury shut him down for good. While the team insisted that the injury was merely a bruise, Owings had surgery to repair the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in early October. The offensive production in Year 1 was a significant drop from his production at Triple-A Reno in 2013, but his numbers prior to the first instance of his shoulder woes in June (.277/.313/.458, six homers, 7-for-7 in stolen base opportunities) project favorably for a middle infielder over a complete season. If he's healthy when spring training begins, Owings' combination of power and speed will make him an intriguing sleeper in 2015.
Owings had a fantastic 2013 in Triple-A Reno, hitting .330 and stealing 20 bases. His aggression at the plate hasn't hurt his batting average yet, and it may not be an overwhelming problem given his combination of speed and ability to make hard contact. In the short term, Owings' problem is organizational depth at his position. Despite the fact that he played shortstop and second base last year, he has plenty of hurdles on the depth chart so long as Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hill are in town. He may be a major trade chip for the Diamondbacks, but Owings could end up back at Reno to begin the season awaiting his chance for regular playing time in Arizona.
Owings spent most of 2012 as a 20-year-old at Double-A, where injuries limited him to just 310 plate appearances and 69 games. Plate discipline continues to be a concern (3.5 percent walk rate) for the former supplemental first-round pick (2009), but he fields his position well and is ultimately expected to develop average power as he matures. The departure of Stephen Drew via trade in July makes shortstop a significant area of short and long-term need for Arizona, so Owings could be in the mix as early as 2014 depending on how things materialize this season. He'll likely head back to Mobile to try and conquer Double-A and solidify his place as part of the D-Backs' long-term plan in the middle infield.
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Big day in win
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 20, 2018
Owings went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.
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Returns to majors
SSArizona Diamondbacks
September 1, 2018
The Diamondbacks recalled Owings from Triple-A Reno on Saturday, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Sent down to Triple-A
SSArizona Diamondbacks
August 3, 2018
Owings was optioned to Triple-A Reno on Thursday.
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Pads stolen-base total
SSArizona Diamondbacks
July 26, 2018
Owings started at third base and finished 1-for-3 with a stolen base in the Diamondbacks' 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.
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Notches seventh steal
SSArizona Diamondbacks
July 13, 2018
Owings went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base Thursday in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 loss to the Rockies.
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