The Mariners made an interesting acquisition on Wednesday, signing veteran pitcher (and sometimes outfielder) Micah Owings.
Owings has pitched in 138 career major league games (with 68 starts), mostly with the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, he has not pitched in the majors since 2012.
A talented hitter (and a two-way player in college), Owings looked at where his pitching career was going and decided to switch to full-time position player in 2013. The Washington Nationals gave him a chance, and sent him to Triple-A Syracuse where in 200 at-bats he hit .265 with eight home runs. He also struck out 71 times and drew just ten walks.
Owings made a couple of starts in Double-A for the Marlins in 2014, but hit the disabled list with a torn lat. After sitting out the 2015 season, he began his comeback bid with the independent York Revolution in 2016.
He was healthy this year, pitching in 23 games (19 starts) and posting a 4.81 ERA in 106.2 innings pitched.
The 34-years-old Owings is a longshot to make the Tacoma roster, since he hasn’t pitched at the Triple-A level (or higher) since 2012. But if he’s healthy and has his arm strength, he’s got a chance. He’ll be an interesting story to follow during spring training.
- Here’s The News Tribune’s report on the signing of Micah Owings. For some background, a story on Owings comeback bid from the York newspaper back in May.
- Over at USS Mariner, marc w has a column on Micah Owings, Brooks Kieschnick, Brian Bogusevic, and Adam Loewen. All are pitchers who hit, or vice-versa.
- Some of the young Mariners players are due for big raises this offseason, Bob Dutton reports.
- A PCL link: the Las Vegas paper sent its writer to the Arizona Fall League, where she caught up with 51s shortstop Gavin Cecchini.
- If you have some time to read, the New York Times has an interesting story on the minor league baseball player who could really hit… before he became a hit man for the mob.
It has been a fun World Series so far – can’t wait to follow along this weekend!