Here’s an interesting little tidbit of information; according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers, after re-acquiring him from the Reds, has announced that pitcher Micah Owings will play some first base as well as pitch this upcoming season.
Surely Towers is not the first person to have thought of this as Owings is probably the best hitting pitcher in baseball. A lot of people have watched him hit and wondered if he could be both a hitter and a pitcher.
Well, the D’Backs are going to try it.
Owings has a career .293/.323/.538 slash line with a very good .365 wOBA and 9 home runs in 198 career plate appearances .
On the mound, Owings has a career 5.11 ERA and 5.03 FIP in 99 career appearances including 64 starts. One could reasonably conclude that perhaps his ticket to staying in the majors is as a hitter.
There is one question that needs to be asked: Does having a player as both a position player and a pitcher take his focus off of pitching? Could it actually make him worse on both sides?
I guess we’ll find out.
When and if there’s a published story about this, I’ll post it and perhaps we’ll have more information.