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Micah Owings returns to full-time pitching

Feb 10, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

Micah Owings

Micah Owings was once one of the best-hitting pitchers in all of baseball. He was so good at hitting that he decided a year ago to become a full-time first baseman. After a year in the minors in which he hit .252/.296/.444 with nine homers and 34 RBI in 82 games, he has decided to switch back, reports Chris Cotillo.

He’s currently unsigned and is looking for a minor league deal. Owings, who is 31 years-old, is 32-33 with a 4.86 ERA and 347 strikeouts and 208 walks in 483 major league innings, with the Diamondbacks, Reds and Padres.


  1. halladaysbiceps - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    I’m not sure why this guy decided to pitch full-time again. He has a terrible 4.86 lifetime ERA to go along with a horrid 1.40 WHIP. However, his lifetime BA is .283. Then again, the rest of his offensive numbers are offensive. This guy should be a bench player as a minor-league player, nothing more.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 10, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    If he was left handed he probably would have gotten a 2-year $8MM contract this season.

  3. 78mu - Feb 10, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Proof that a good hitting pitcher and a bad hitting first basemen can be the same player.

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