Micah Owings
Micah Owings
35-Year-Old PitcherRP
Seattle Mariners
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a minor league contract with the Mariners in October of 2016.
Agrees to minor league contract
PSeattle Mariners  AAA
October 24, 2016
Owings signed a minor league contract with the Mariners on Monday, Jesse Burkhart of Today's Knuckleball reports.
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Owings is well known for his attempts to land in the major leagues as both a pitcher and as an outfielder; this time around, the right-hander will try to make Seattle's Opening Day roster as a pitcher. Owings has decent career numbers on the mound, but it should be noted that he hasn't pitched for a major league organization since 2012; this year, he posted a 4.30 ERA over 106.2 innings in independent ball. That makes him something of a long shot to garner a roster spot during spring training.
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Owings' return to Arizona looked like a success on the surface, but the underlying numbers included a steep decline in his strikeout rate (from 9.45 K/9IP in 2010 to 6.29 in 2011) and a significant loss in his velocity across the board. As a mop-up reliever, teams can do worse since Owings also provides an extra power bat on the bench, but he'll need to regain his velocity and miss more bats in order to maintain his 2011 ERA. Pair that with the fact that he'll need to earn a roster spot during spring training and it should provide more than enough reason to stay away. In fact, the D-Backs opted to do just that when they non-tendered him in December.
After a promising spring and a few good starts early in the season, Owings' season ended with him working sparingly out of the bullpen. He finished with a 7-12 record and a 5.34 ERA. Owings' future with the Reds is just as murky now as it was when he first joined the organization. He's not seriously being considered for a rotation spot, pending what the Reds do over the offseason, and there's some debate whether he's better suited as an outfielder than as a pitcher.
Owings is more than just a good hitting pitcher - he's a good hitter, period. Unfortunately, pretty soon he and his team are going to have to decide whether that's something he should be doing full-time, rather than pitching. We'll give him a slight pass for his 2008 collapse because the shoulder stiffness he suffered late in the season - it's entirely plausible that he was trying to pitch through it before the injury was announced. But though he strikes out hitters at an acceptable rate, he gives up entirely too many fly balls to be successful, and moving to Cincinnati isn't going to help. At best, he's a fifth starter right now, and at some point he might just be a right-handed power bat off the bench.
Owings held his own in the Arizona rotation as a 24-year-old rookie, while showing improvement after the All-Star break with a 53:19 K:BB ratio in 72.2 innings. Owings also did his share in helping generate his own run support, going 20-for-60 (.333) with four homers and 15 RBI en route to a Silver Slugger award. With a pair of aces atop the rotation and veterans Randy Johnson (if healthy) and Doug Davis penciled into the middle, Owings will again pitch as the D-Backs' fourth or fifth starter. However, he could see additional playing time as Arizona is considering the possibility of using him at first base to get his bat into the lineup more frequently.
The team's No. 3 pick in 2004 was protected in '05, but not last year. Owings used terrific command to blow through Double-A in just three months, and held his own upon a promotion to Triple-A Tucson. He'll be pitching for the D'backs after the All-Star break, and he's a good bet to do well.
Arizona drafted Owings in the third round in 2005 and he did well at high Single-A. If he can continue his success at Double-A in 2006, Owings could contend for a big league job as soon as 2007. He was a great hitter at Tulane - this could be the next Jason Marquis.
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PMiami Marlins  AAA
April 7, 2014
Owings signed a minor league contract with the Marlins on Monday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
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August 6, 2013
Owings was transferred to Double-A Huntsville on Tuesday.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
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July 19, 2013
Owings' debut for rookie-level Arizona has been pushed back to Monday because of minor arm soreness, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
July 19, 2013
Owings will begin playing with rookie-level Arizona on Friday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
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PMilwaukee Brewers  AAA
July 12, 2013
Owings signed a minor league contract with the Brewers on Friday, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.
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