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Micah Owings stays with Reds, accepts Triple-A assignment

Aug 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty apparently wasn’t kidding when he said there was “not a lot of interest” in Micah Owings from other teams after the right-hander was designated for assignment last week.
Owings cleared waivers and has accepted an assignment to Triple-A, which means he’ll remain in the Reds organization while losing his spot on the 40-man roster. He’ll try to get back on track in the minors, but Owings is unlikely to receive a September call-up now that a 40-man spot would need to be cleared for his return.
He’s still just 27 years old and at one point looked like a potential middle-of-the-rotation starter long term, but Owings has ERAs of 5.93, 5.34, and 5.40 over the past three seasons and given his strong track record offensively I continue to think he’d be better off ditching pitching for an attempt at becoming a full-time position player. He has a .293 batting average and .538 slugging percentage in 198 career plate appearances and also starred as a hitter in college.

  1. BC - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    If Ankiel can do it, this guy can do it. He’s twice the hitter Ankiel ever was.

  2. Football - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Owings is overrated as a hitter. Pitchers have caught onto the fact that he is a free swinger and they stopped throwing him strikes. His batting stats have really fallen over the last year.

  3. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 27, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Small sample size.

  4. Chief McHeath - Aug 27, 2010 at 8:53 PM

    And I also doubt he spends too much time watching video, getting coached up, etc. etc. on hitting techniques and opposing pitcher tendencies.

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