Padres To Sign Micah Owings

4:29pm: The agreement is for a one-year, $1MM, Major League deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.

2:41pm: The Padres have agreed to sign Micah Owings to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training, Dan Hayes of the North County Times tweets. Legacy Sports Group represents the 29-year-old right-hander.

Owings spent the 2011 season with the Diamondbacks, posting a 3.57 ERA with 6.3 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 and a 38% ground ball rate in 63 innings. A former starter with the Diamondbacks and Reds, Owings has pitched mostly out of the bullpen since 2010. At the plate, he has nine homers and an impressive .286/.313/.507 batting line in 217 career plate appearances. Kirk Gibson let Owings bat for himself regularly last year and asked him to pinch hit on one other occasion.


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41 Comments on "Padres To Sign Micah Owings"


friarforum
3 years 6 months ago

would have been the Pads best bat last year! LOL

rockvssingleparents
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah with that offense they might want to consider slotting him in behind Carlos Quentin for protection. 

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
3 years 6 months ago

821 OPS

padreshobo
3 years 6 months ago

World Series = Won

3 years 6 months ago

3-hole hitter? Clean-up?

sleeper13
3 years 6 months ago

awh. :( good luck, micah. we’ll never forget that game against the braves where you hit two homers and drove in 6. i’m not looking forward to us facing your hitting. lol.

Beersy
3 years 6 months ago

Not a “glam” signing, but one that should improve the team.  Nice job Josh.

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

I remember his two homer game against the Braves and ever since have wanted to see him go all Rick Ankiel and try becoming a position player. I have no doubt that if he tried the transition three years ago he’d be a fantastic offensive player, but he always says he prefers pitching even though I think he could be a better hitter.

Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

I’ve wondered if they could switch him to the OF for a batter to bring in a specialist..then return him to the mound so he could hit without using a pinch hitter.  Of course…that burns the replaced OFer.

brstreet9
3 years 6 months ago

Actually, yes they can. Whitey Herzog used to do this all the time with lefty-righty-lefty matchups to not burn a lefty reliever.

Red_Line_9
3 years 6 months ago

I was thinking as I typed…..I can recall Whitey Herzog using that switch with John Tudor.

3 years 6 months ago

I was hoping the Padres would sign him, now we have a legit pinch-hitter w/power!

sourbob
3 years 6 months ago

If Petco helps drop his HR/9 (as it should) he might eke out some decent value.

Plus, he’s supposedly a terrific clubhouse guy and as noted, is a good hitter.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Petco can only help Owings’s value. He had high value for the Dbacks and a tremendous work ethic.

Thomas Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

The Ultimate NL player can be the long reliever/spot starter and has hit RHP to the tune of .315/.344/.582

3 years 6 months ago

Nooooooo0 Micah, why the hell the diamondbacks dindt resing him??

mmiller54
3 years 6 months ago

Umm… The Dbacks already have all 7 bullpen spots locked down with Shaw, Ziegler, Breslow, Paterson, Saito, Hernandez, and Putz, with Breslow being able to pitch 2-3 innings.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Micah should have been brought back, but alas, the Dbacks did not want to pay arbitration type salary. Once they traded for Breslow and signed Saito, not only did it seal Owings’s fate, but it kicked Shaw to the curb too.

mmiller54
3 years 6 months ago

Shaw isn’t kicked to the curb… see that he is included in the names above. Also, I liked Micah, he was a valuable portion of the bullpen, but more reliable pitchers were found.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

I noticed that you had included Shaw. I simply disagree he will make the 25-man roster. Indications are teh Dbacks go with an 11 man pitching staff. If that is the case:

Kennedy/Hudson/Cahill/Saunders/ Collmenter make up the starting 5

Putz/Hernandez/Saito/Zeigler/Breslow/and then one of Paterson, Lorin, Shaw, or some other dark-horse filling the last slot. Currently, my money is on Paterson to lock down the last slot and for Lorin (Rule 5) to be returned.

3 years 6 months ago

Yes, but remember that the D’Backs’ bullpen is characterized because it is very prone to injury and is never to spare some help in the minors

3 years 6 months ago

Solid addition.

FillyPhan
3 years 6 months ago

I wanna know the price of the deal!

kartoffeln777
3 years 6 months ago

The tweet said $1 million

iheartyourfart
3 years 6 months ago

good move to stash in AAA in case someone gets hurt.  keeps them from having to bring up erlin, weiland, or kelly too soon.

NiceGamePrettyBoy
3 years 6 months ago

Ok, I’m sure this question has been raised before, but why exactly is Owings still masquerading as a pitcher when he’s actually an above-average hitter? 

Does he only pinch-hit in very favorable spots thus inflating his batting line?

3 years 6 months ago

Because he’s not actually that great a hitter? Don’t get me wrong, great hitter for a pitcher and probably could have been a bench bat if he had been a hitter all along. But his career numbers are propped up by his home numbers from ’08 and ’09. When you consider that he’s mostly played in favorable home parks and would be unable to play anything but first or DH defensively, his hitting isn’t actually any better than a lot of guys floating around Triple-A.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Owings has prodigous power. When with the Dbacks the first time around, he took BP with the first group. He pretty regularly launched them from the field and onto the concourse behind the bleachers. The Dbacks more than once tried convincing him to move to first base. He continues to resist that move, insisting that he can pitch.

Last season he pitched his way out of AAA on to the big league roster then pitched himself from the bullpen into the rotation. He has no real velocity, he just gets results.

He actually has above average pitch recognition as a batter, and if he played every day would have a BA to match. As he spends most of his time in the bullpen though, he rarely gets ABs, and if he does, it’s usually only one in a game.

pastlives
3 years 6 months ago

good for micah owings the pitcher.

bad for micah owings the hitter.

Ryan Musialowski
3 years 6 months ago

He’ll have roughly the same batting average as batting average against. LOL

goner
3 years 6 months ago

nice signing by the Padres, and I’m glad he’s staying in the NL. 

fun fact: Owings has more career WAR as a hitter (3.0 bWAR) than as a pitcher (0.2 bWAR).

michael hughes
3 years 6 months ago

That is an awesome stat.

goner
3 years 6 months ago

nice signing by the Padres, and I’m glad he’s staying in the NL. 

fun fact: Owings has more career WAR as a hitter (3.0 bWAR) than as a pitcher (0.2 bWAR).