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Micah Owings will play outfield and pitch in the Minors

Jul 13, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

Micah Owings AP

Per the Journal Sentinel’s Todd Rosiak, Brewers VP and assistant GM Gord Ash says that recent signee Micah Owings will both play the outfield and pitch in the Minors:

“He’s going to do do both,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He’s going to be Brooks Kieschnick reincarnate.”

Kieschnick became a fan favorite in 2003 and 2004, when he pitched, served as a designated hitter in interleague play, pinch-hit and also played a little outfield in the major leagues with the Brewers.

Owings last played in the Majors last season with the Padres. In 9.2 innings between April 6-25, he posted a 2.79 ERA. He then went on the disabled list after surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow. During the off-season, the Nationals signed him to a Minor League deal with the intent to use him exclusively as an outfielder. In 213 plate appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, Owings hit eight home runs and posted a .785 OPS. The Nationals, however, released him on July 1.

  1. bronco58lb - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    In my lifetime, I would like to see one team experiment and develop a potential star as both as a starting pitcher and a position player (1B/DH). Throughout the decades, we have seen some impressive two-way players (John Olerud, Darren Dreifort, Brian Bogusevic) come out of the college ranks, but they are turned into specialists once they hit the professional ranks.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    This guy isn’t too bad at either, apparently, but still can’t find an big league job. What gives?

  3. ddjesus - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Yovani Gallardo has a .757 ops right now.

  4. kollin7 - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    That reference to Brooks Kieschnick was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen an asst. GM (or GM for that matter) say.

  5. uwsptke - Jul 14, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    Sounds like the perfect candidate to play first base since every other player to do so in Milwaukee is making their debut at the position.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Jul 15, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I remember him several years ago with the Redlegs. Dude could always hit…and he wasn’t a bad pitcher either. I wish him well.

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