Chris Owings
Chris Owings
29-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Colorado Rockies
60-Day IL
Injury Thumb
Est. Return 6/10/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Owings sputtered to a .139/.209/.233 slash line with the Red Sox and Royals in 2019, and his move to the Rockies presented some promise for the struggling hitter. The 29-year-old played well over the first several weeks of the season, but he suffered a strained hamstring in August that ended his season. In total, Owings had a career-best .757 OPS over a very limited sample of 17 games. While his numbers during his minimal time on the field were much closer to his career average, he's still a below-average performer heading into free agency. Owings has struggled to make contact in recent seasons. His swinging-strike rate climbed to 18.1% in 2020, and his 79.1 Z-Contact% was the lowest of his career. The 29-year-old also struggled with plate discipline, posting a 44.1 O-Swing% last season. He's done little in recent years to make him a viable fantasy option and could have to settle for a backup role in 2021. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rockies in January of 2021.
Requires surgery
2BColorado Rockies
Thumb
April 18, 2021
Owings (thumb) will require a surgical procedure, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Manager Bud Black said Sunday that Owings is slated for surgery after he was transferred to the 60-day injured list. The utility man will be out until at least June and will need at least eight weeks to recover, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Prior to the injury, Owings went 8-for-15 with six extra-base hits, three RBI and two stolen bases in seven games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+43%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+104%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .704 106 15 2 10 5 .237 .302 .402
Since 2019vs Right .492 151 13 3 12 3 .151 .219 .273
2021vs Left 2.100 10 4 0 3 2 .700 .700 1.400
2021vs Right 1.029 7 2 0 0 0 .200 .429 .600
2020vs Left .686 21 4 1 1 0 .250 .286 .400
2020vs Right .824 23 5 1 4 1 .286 .348 .476
2019vs Left .507 75 7 1 6 3 .164 .253 .254
2019vs Right .403 121 6 2 8 2 .124 .182 .221
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+156%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+409%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .673 144 18 2 15 7 .231 .285 .388
Since 2019Away .457 113 10 3 7 1 .127 .212 .245
2021Home 1.563 16 5 0 3 2 .500 .563 1.000
2021Away 4.000 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 3.000
2020Home 1.043 29 7 2 5 1 .370 .414 .630
2020Away .205 15 2 0 0 0 .071 .133 .071
2019Home .428 99 6 0 7 4 .151 .202 .226
2019Away .458 97 7 3 7 1 .126 .216 .241
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Stat Review
How does Chris Owings compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
1.00
 
BB Rate
11.8%
 
K Rate
11.8%
 
BABIP
.615
 
ISO
.600
 
AVG
.533
 
OBP
.588
 
SLG
1.133
 
OPS
1.722
 
wOBA
.696
 
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
53.8%
 
Barrels/PA
11.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Owings' January move to the Rockies theoretically makes him a more appealing fantasy option, as any player who gets regular at-bats in Coors Field has a good shot to provide some value. While his defensive versatility helps his chances of winning a bench spot, his weak bat may wind up mattering more. His career .241/.284/.365 slash line in 647 games isn't close to good, but it's far better than the .139/.209/.233 line he managed in 67 games for the Royals and Red Sox last season. While his .222 BABIP can take some of the blame for that number, Statcast gave him an expected batting average of .179. Owings will have to take a significant step forward if he's to earn a significant role this season, something that's unlikely to happen in his eighth year in the big leagues.
For three weeks, Owings was on pace for another decent season, playing nearly every day, split between the infield and outfield. Unfortunately, it was all downhill as the utility man was eventually farmed to Triple-A Reno for a while in August. When it was over, 2018 was by far Owings' worst season. He needed a late surge to nudge over the Mendoza Line. Looking under the hood: while Owings did fan more than in recent seasons, he was snake bit, as his low .265 BABIP doesn't reflect a solid 22.3% line-drive rate in tandem with an above-average hard-hit mark. In terms of power, it seems 2017's 12.2% HR/FB is the outlier with every other season checking in at half that level. Owings runs a little, though his success rate wasn't as high as usual. Normally eligible at a few positions, Owings enters 2019 at third base only in standard leagues. After signing with the Royals, Owings' playing-time outlook has brightened.
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.
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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Shifts to 60-day IL
2BColorado Rockies
Thumb
April 18, 2021
The Rockies transferred Owings (thumb) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
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X-rays negative on thumb
2BColorado Rockies
Thumb
April 11, 2021
Rockies manager Bud Black said Sunday that X-rays on Owings' sprained left thumb returned negative, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Lands on 10-day IL
2BColorado Rockies
Thumb
April 10, 2021
Owings was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain Saturday.
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Still receiving treatment
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
April 10, 2021
Owings is still dealing with hamstring tightness Saturday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Lines triple as pinch hitter
2BColorado Rockies
Hamstring
April 9, 2021
Owings (hamstring) hit a triple and scored a run in his only at-bat as a pinch hitter in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Giants.
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