Former Reds Pitcher Micah Owings Signs With Nats as First Baseman

06 Feb

Former Reds pitcher Micah Owings has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals today as a first baseman, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Owings, 30 has a six year career and is now starting on his fourth franchise. He has spent time with Arizona (twice), Cincinnati, San Diego and now Washington. He owns a career record of 32-33 with a 4.86 ERA. His best season was in 2011 with the Diamondbacks when he won eight games without a loss and compiled a decent ERA of 3.57. His career ERA+ is an unattractive 91.

He has always been a good hitter and apparently is attempting to resurrect his career as a position player, a la Rick Ankiel. His career slash line as a hitter is .283/.310/.502 with 9 HR and 35 RBI. His HR% is 4.1, roughly 1.5 above league average. This would translate into roughly 25 HR for a full season. His career OPS+ as a hitter is 106.

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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in MLB


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