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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
36.3 4.16 1.36 26 2 2 0 0.0
Birth Date9-28-1982
Height6' 5"
Weight220 lbs
Age32 years, 0 months, 23 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.22010
-0.12011
-0.22012
2013
0.02014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2007 ARI 24 29 27 152.7 150.0 2.7 8 8 0 0 14 1 651 146 81 73 20 253 50 48 14 106 4.30 4.75 5.49 24.5 2.5
2008 ARI 25 22 18 104.7 100.7 4.0 6 9 0 0 9 1 466 104 73 69 14 169 41 41 12 87 5.93 4.70 5.31 9.0 1.0
2009 CIN 26 26 19 119.7 102.0 17.7 7 12 1 0 6 0 542 126 75 71 18 202 64 61 6 68 5.34 5.63 5.44 6.9 0.6
2010 CIN 27 22 0 33.3 0.0 33.3 3 2 0 0 0 0 153 28 20 20 3 46 25 25 3 35 5.40 4.70 4.74 2.5 0.2
2011 ARI 28 33 4 63.0 20.3 42.7 8 0 0 0 0 0 263 56 27 25 8 101 23 23 2 44 3.57 4.44 5.24 -0.6 -0.1
2012 SDN 29 6 0 9.7 0.0 9.7 0 2 0 0 0 0 41 8 4 3 1 13 5 5 1 7 2.79 4.89 6.09 -1.8 -0.2
Career13868483.0373.0110.0323310292211646828026164784208203383474.864.925.3640.54.1

Advanced

'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 G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2005 LNC A+ 16 0 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TEN AA 12 12 74.0 3.24 110 .197 .241 .315 .349 .250 .300 75 15.0 1.6 16.8 1.9
2006 TUC AAA 15 15 87.2 3.96 116 .260 .270 .339 .419 .265 .325 103 21.1 2.1 27.3 2.6
2007 ARI MLB 29 27 152.7 5.49 89 .252 .263 .327 .420 .257 .273 103 9.3 0.9 24.5 2.5
2007 TUC AAA 1 1 5.0 0.59 189 .176 .237 .318 .375 .241 .400 114 3.3 0.3 2.9 0.3
2008 ARI MLB 22 18 104.7 5.31 83 .273 .260 .327 .403 .260 .288 98 2.7 0.3 9.0 1.0
2008 TUC AAA 2 2 11.0 5.79 83 .263 .273 .347 .423 .265 .185 99 0.2 0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2009 CIN MLB 26 19 119.7 5.44 76 .284 .256 .326 .406 .260 .280 97 -1.8 -0.2 6.9 0.6
2009 LOU AAA 2 2 10.3 7.12 53 .219 .267 .340 .415 .254 .233 108 -1.4 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2010 CIN MLB 22 0 33.3 4.74 91 .275 .251 .318 .393 .260 .287 99 0.9 0.1 2.5 0.2
2010 LOU AAA 8 5 20.3 5.21 87 .257 .269 .334 .411 .256 .288 98 0.6 0.1 0.3 0.1
2011 ARI MLB 33 4 63.0 5.24 75 .259 .253 .314 .385 .255 .258 100 -1.7 -0.2 -0.6 -0.1
2011 RNO AAA 7 7 39.0 6.31 105 .229 .289 .355 .448 .263 .290 125 6.4 0.6 8.3 0.9
2012 SDN MLB 6 0 9.7 6.09 56 .276 .261 .326 .399 .263 .259 98 -1.5 -0.2 -1.8 -0.2
2013 HUN AA 6 0 6.0 1.17 172 .151 .257 .326 .373 .259 .333 102 2.3 0.2 1.2 0.2
2013 BRR Rk 2 0 3.0 3.51 132 .163 .213 .292 .333 .245 .143 99 0.7 0.1 0.8 0.1
2014 JAX AA 2 2 8.3 4.68 88 .370 .236 .304 .364 .253 .417 95 0.4 0.0 0.1 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2005 LNC A+ 1 1 0 16 0 22.0 17 4 30 0 0% -.500 7.0 1.6 0.0 12.3 0.95 2.45 0.0 0.0
2006 TUC AAA 10 0 0 15 15 87.2 96 34 61 4 40% .325 9.9 3.5 0.4 6.3 1.49 3.72 27.3 2.6
2006 TEN AA 6 2 0 12 12 74.0 66 17 69 4 46% .300 8.0 2.1 0.5 8.4 1.12 2.92 16.8 1.9
2007 TUC AAA 0 0 0 1 1 5.0 4 1 7 0 40% .400 7.2 1.8 0.0 12.6 1.00 0.00 2.9 0.3
2007 ARI MLB 8 8 0 29 27 152.7 146 50 106 20 39% .273 8.6 2.9 1.2 6.2 1.28 4.30 24.5 2.5
2008 ARI MLB 6 9 0 22 18 104.7 104 41 87 14 35% .288 8.9 3.5 1.2 7.5 1.39 5.93 9.0 1.0
2008 TUC AAA 0 0 0 2 2 11.0 8 6 9 3 37% .185 6.5 4.9 2.5 7.4 1.27 4.09 -0.3 -0.0
2009 LOU AAA 1 0 0 2 2 10.3 8 7 5 1 32% .233 7.0 6.1 0.9 4.4 1.46 0.87 -1.0 -0.1
2009 CIN MLB 7 12 1 26 19 119.7 126 64 68 18 38% .280 9.5 4.8 1.4 5.1 1.59 5.34 6.9 0.6
2010 LOU AAA 0 0 0 8 5 20.3 20 10 13 1 36% .288 8.9 4.4 0.4 5.8 1.48 2.22 0.3 0.1
2010 CIN MLB 3 2 0 22 0 33.3 28 25 35 3 32% .287 7.6 6.8 0.8 9.4 1.59 5.40 2.5 0.2
2011 RNO AAA 3 1 0 7 7 39.0 41 9 27 5 45% .290 9.5 2.1 1.2 6.2 1.28 4.85 8.3 0.9
2011 ARI MLB 8 0 0 33 4 63.0 56 23 44 8 39% .258 8.0 3.3 1.1 6.3 1.25 3.57 -0.6 -0.1
2012 SDN MLB 0 2 0 6 0 9.7 8 5 7 1 50% .259 7.4 4.7 0.9 6.5 1.34 2.79 -1.8 -0.2
2013 HUN AA 0 0 0 6 0 6.0 3 1 11 0 33% .333 4.5 1.5 0.0 16.5 0.67 0.00 1.2 0.2
2013 BRR Rk 1 0 0 2 0 3.0 1 1 4 0 57% .143 3.0 3.0 0.0 12.0 0.67 0.00 0.8 0.1
2014 JAX AA 1 1 0 2 2 8.3 12 3 10 2 38% .417 13.0 3.2 2.2 10.8 1.80 5.40 0.1 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1695 0.5386 0.4696 0.8063 0.6418 0.2673 0.8515 0.6794 0.1937
2009 2063 0.5327 0.4435 0.8282 0.6324 0.2272 0.8820 0.6575 0.1707
2010 638 0.5219 0.4451 0.7500 0.6577 0.2131 0.7671 0.6923 0.2500
2011 1040 0.5106 0.4981 0.8301 0.6328 0.3576 0.8690 0.7582 0.1699
2012 169 0.4911 0.4734 0.8250 0.6506 0.3023 0.9259 0.6154 0.1750
Career56050.52790.46260.81290.63870.26420.85860.68550.1867

Injury History

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 CIN $402,000
2008 ARI $402,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$2,164,000
5 yrTotal$2,164,000

 

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.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.6 1.8 0.3 26 5 53.2 41 19 39 5 .253 1.14 3.38 3.67 7.9 0.8
80o 2.2 1.7 0.3 23 4 47.2 39 18 35 5 .267 1.22 3.77 4.09 4.7 0.5
70o 2 1.6 0.2 21 4 42.9 38 18 32 5 .278 1.28 4.05 4.4 2.7 0.3
60o 1.8 1.5 0.2 19 4 39.3 36 17 29 5 .287 1.34 4.30 4.68 1.3 0.1
50o 1.6 1.4 0.2 18 3 36.1 34 16 27 5 .295 1.39 4.54 4.93 0.2 0.0
40o 1.4 1.3 0.2 16 3 32.9 32 15 24 4 .303 1.45 4.78 5.19 -0.8 -0.1
30o 1.2 1.2 0.1 14 3 29.6 30 14 22 4 .313 1.51 5.04 5.48 -1.6 -0.2
20o 1 1 0.1 13 2 25.8 28 13 19 4 .323 1.58 5.35 5.81 -2.3 -0.2
10o 0.8 0.9 0.1 10 2 20.8 24 11 15 3 .338 1.69 5.79 6.29 -2.9 -0.3
Weighted Mean1.61.30.217335.43316264.2931.384.514.90.30.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
16% 33% 14% 17% 53%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201532431476959444711339.3051.454.975.408.94.26.71.2-0.4
201633431486959443681339.3001.444.865.288.94.16.41.2-0.3
201734331456908840651339.2981.424.765.178.84.06.51.3-0.2
201835320405808036601239.3051.444.955.389.04.06.71.3-0.4
201936320395787834581139.3031.434.775.189.03.96.71.3-0.2
20203722033466672947939.3061.454.965.399.14.06.41.2-0.3
20213822030460602642839.3061.444.935.369.13.96.31.2-0.2
20223922028457572540839.3051.454.925.349.14.06.41.3-0.2
20234022028457572539839.3021.454.905.329.14.06.21.3-0.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
8.911.66.51.525.230.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 Jeff Bennett 2011 0.00 DNP
2 86 Zach Miner 2013 4.40
3 86 Jaret Wright 2007 9.58
4 85 Adam Bernero 2008 0.00 DNP
5 85 Wes Obermueller 2008 0.00 DNP
6 84 Clay Hensley 2011 5.45
7 84 Tim Stauffer 2013 3.75
8 84 Chris Narveson 2013 0.00
9 83 Ryan Drese 2007 0.00 DNP
10 83 Luke Hudson 2008 0.00 DNP
11 83 D.J. Carrasco 2008 3.72
12 82 Chad Durbin 2009 4.91
13 82 Jack Morris 1986 3.54
14 82 Matt Belisle 2011 4.12
15 82 Jack Sanford 1960 4.48
16 82 Dontrelle Willis 2013 0.00 DNP
17 81 Jason Jennings 2010 0.00 DNP
18 81 Doug Davis 2007 4.67
19 81 Jim Beattie 1986 6.25
20 81 John Maine 2012 0.00 DNP
21 81 Jim Maloney 1971 5.34
22 81 Terry Adams 2004 5.27
23 81 Bud Black 1988 5.22
24 81 Don Wilson 1976 0.00 DNP
25 81 Willie Eyre 2010 0.00 DNP
26 81 Gary Peters 1968 4.37
27 81 Barry Zito 2009 4.17
28 81 Kirk Saarloos 2010 0.00 DNP
29 81 Rick Bauer 2008 13.50
30 81 Bob Gibson 1967 3.18
31 80 Jose Mesa 1997 3.06
32 80 Jack Billingham 1974 4.41
33 80 Matt Thornton 2008 2.67
34 80 Jim O'Toole 1968 0.00 DNP
35 80 Bob Rush 1957 4.96
36 80 Bob Ojeda 1989 3.89
37 80 Anthony Reyes 2013 0.00 DNP
38 80 Wade Miller 2008 0.00 DNP
39 80 Jeremy Guthrie 2010 4.00
40 80 Jeff Russell 1993 3.09
41 80 Jorge Sosa 2009 6.85
42 80 Orel Hershiser 1990 4.26
43 80 Dave Goltz 1980 4.78
44 80 Sergio Mitre 2012 0.00 DNP
45 80 Jim Brosnan 1961 3.83
46 80 Matt Wise 2007 5.03
47 80 Dave Stieb 1989 3.61
48 80 Billy O'Dell 1964 5.82
49 80 Andy Messersmith 1977 4.75
50 79 Roger Craig 1961 6.87
51 79 Boof Bonser 2013 0.00 DNP
52 79 Rick Mahler 1985 3.92
53 79 Roger Nelson 1975 0.00 DNP
54 79 Jesus Colome 2009 7.59
55 79 Kelly Downs 1992 3.93
56 79 Kip Wells 2008 6.93
57 79 Kevin Ritz 1996 5.70
58 79 Mel Parnell 1953 3.66
59 79 Jason Grilli 2008 3.12
60 79 LaTroy Hawkins 2004 2.96
61 79 Jim Perry 1967 3.51
62 79 Ken Forsch 1978 2.97
63 79 Brian Stokes 2011 0.00 DNP
64 79 Victor Zambrano 2007 10.17
65 79 Vinnie Chulk 2010 0.00 DNP
66 79 Reggie Cleveland 1979 7.20
67 79 Larry Gura 1979 5.24
68 79 Charlie Leibrandt 1988 3.63
69 79 Dean Chance 1972 0.00 DNP
70 79 Horacio Ramirez 2011 7.00
71 79 Brian Tallet 2009 5.55
72 79 Joe Nuxhall 1960 4.66
73 79 Ben McDonald 1999 0.00 DNP
74 79 Tom Candiotti 1989 3.50
75 78 Ed Figueroa 1980 7.00
76 78 Hank Aguirre 1962 2.79 DNP
77 78 Joe Saunders 2012 4.53
78 78 Kelvim Escobar 2007 3.63
79 78 Scott Erickson 1999 4.96
80 78 Seth McClung 2012 0.00 DNP
81 78 Lance Cormier 2012 0.00 DNP
82 78 Andy McGaffigan 1988 3.05
83 78 Mike Maddux 1993 4.08
84 78 Jim Palmer 1977 2.99
85 78 Tom Gordon 1999 5.60
86 78 Andy Ashby 1999 4.15
87 78 Burt Hooton 1981 2.66
88 78 Bartolo Colon 2004 5.27
89 78 Rich Hill 2011 0.00
90 78 Jim Clancy 1987 3.84
91 78 Gil Meche 2010 6.13
92 78 Don Liddle 1956 7.17
93 78 Vern Bickford 1952 3.87
94 78 Frank Sullivan 1961 5.25
95 78 John Parrish 2009 0.00 DNP
96 78 Kyle Lohse 2010 7.34
97 78 Mike Marshall 1974 2.85
98 78 Tim Belcher 1993 4.66
99 78 John Riedling 2007 0.00 DNP
100 78 John Denny 1984 3.09

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SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Micah Owings made the Padres out of spring training, got into a handful of games as a reliever, hurt his elbow at the end of April, contemplated becoming a position player, and had season-ending surgery in July.
2012 Okay, so maybe there’s still something to the notion of Owings as a pitcher, albeit not a starting one. After struggling a bit in the rotation at Triple-A Reno, he returned to relief at the major-league level, making a few starts between low-leverage outings in the middle innings. His second extended stint in a big-league bullpen wasn’t plagued by the same control problems that stymied him in 2010, giving him superficial statistics good enough to earn a spot on the postseason roster. Between that and his pedestrian performance at the plate (4-for-19 without an extra-base hit), the idea of his reinventing himself as a position player seems a lot less exciting than it did a year ago, though a disturbing drop in velocity of nearly three mph and a forthcoming BABIP correction suggest that his future on the mound isn’t so hot, either.
2011 The Reds tried chaining Owings to the bullpen, which resulted in a slight uptick in velocity—though not to anywhere near the mid-90s heat he used to possess—and a sizable increase in strikeout rate, but any potential benefits were undone by a walk rate that ballooned to “precautionary MRI” levels, and he saw no major-league action after July. Despite not making a start, he did get 14 plate appearances, seven of them coming as a pinch-hitter, and added another home run to his tally, bringing career batting line to .293/.323/.538 in 198 plate appearances. With each passing year, it becomes more apparent that Owings’ only chance at extended playing time is a change of position.
2010 How many pitchers can you name with an OPS+ better than their ERA+? (Among active pitchers with 100 or more PA, there’s only Owings and Brandon Backe.) Owings is a serviceable fifth starter, but he’s now 27 with three years of major-league experience under his belt, and the only trends he’s showing are heading in the wrong direction. Meanwhile, he’s a career .300/.331/.547 hitter in 184 big-league at-bats. Rick Ankiel hit .285/.328/.535 in 190 PA in his age-27 season after spending the better parts of two seasons as a full-time hitter in the minors. Owings isn’t nearly as bad a pitcher as Tony Peña Jr. is a hitter, but at a certain point one has to start playing to one’s strengths.
2009 Owings sometimes gets frustrated when his name comes up, because his hitting is often the first item of discussion. Sadly, his mound exploits last season didn't supply many other positive things to discuss: at the end of May he lost his effectiveness, leading to a demotion and a diagnosis of shoulder soreness. After he was dealt to the Reds in the Dunn trade, he couldn't pitch, but the team kept him on the roster... to pinch-hit. If he's healthy in spring training, Owings will have the inside track on the fifth starter's job. If he's not healthy, he might miss the days when what people talked about was his hitting.
2008 Owings is the new Don Robinson, with a bat good enough to sneak into the lineup now and again, and a good power pitcher's assortment of low-90s heat and a snappy slider. If there's a major difference, it's Owings' mean streak when it comes to the inside corner; he was tied for second in the NL in hit batsmen last year with 14, behind only a cranky Byung-Hyun Kim. After posting eight quality starts in his last ten (one blown), he's prepped for a better sophomore season.
2007 Owings promising but short pro career heralds very good things. It`s slightly worrisome that his strikeout rate dropped and his walk rate rose as he ascended to Triple-A, but that he`s there already is nice enough, and he was absolutely lights-out in the PCL championships. Performance aside, scouts get appropriately drooly over his mid-90s heat and sharp, high-velocity slider. Owings was also a terrific two-way player in college, and is a good bet to be one of the better hitting pitchers in the NL as soon as he arrives. TINSTAAPP aside, Owings is a promising young hurler who . . . oh, we`ll say it: he`s a pitching prospect.
2006 Small sample size or not, one has to be encouraged when a pitching prospect doesn`t implode in this system. Unlike some other hard-throwing pitchers in this organization (he shows mid- to high-90`s heat), Owings has a history of good control, he`s shown improvement over the last few years, and he`s not a project. Keep an eye on him.

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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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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, Micah Owings threw 6,766 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2007 and 2012, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2012, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (87mph), also mixing in a Slider (82mph). He also rarely threw a Change (82mph).