Chris Owings
Chris Owings
28-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
For three weeks, Owings was on pace for another decent season, playing nearly every day, split between the infield and outfield. Unfortunately, it was all downhill as the utility man was eventually farmed to Triple-A Reno for a while in August. When it was over, 2018 was by far Owings' worst season. He needed a late surge to nudge over the Mendoza Line. Looking under the hood: while Owings did fan more than in recent seasons, he was snake bit, as his low .265 BABIP doesn't reflect a solid 22.3% line-drive rate in tandem with an above-average hard-hit mark. In terms of power, it seems 2017's 12.2% HR/FB is the outlier with every other season checking in at half that level. Owings runs a little, though his success rate wasn't as high as usual. Normally eligible at a few positions, Owings enters 2019 at third base only in standard leagues. After signing with the Royals, Owings' playing-time outlook has brightened. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Red Sox in June of 2019.
Homers in loss
2BBoston Red Sox
September 27, 2019
Owings started at shortstop and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Thursday's 7-5 loss to the Rangers.
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Owings has started four of the last five games, playing shortstop or second base, as the Red Sox wrap up a disappointing season. He's filled in all over the field for Boston, including playing all three outfield positions. Since his team was eliminated from playing in the postseason, Red Sox manager Alex Cora has thrown together some unconventional, and sometimes unrecognizable, lineups over the final two weeks of the season. Owings may get at-bats over the weekend, but it's hard to tell when or at which position.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+26%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+51%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .650 309 31 5 28 12 .239 .291 .359
Since 2017vs Right .602 582 57 14 59 16 .208 .259 .343
2019vs Left .507 75 7 1 6 3 .164 .253 .254
2019vs Right .403 121 6 2 8 2 .124 .182 .221
2018vs Left .702 142 16 2 10 5 .269 .317 .385
2018vs Right .465 167 18 2 12 6 .152 .234 .232
2017vs Left .685 92 8 2 12 4 .253 .283 .402
2017vs Right .759 294 33 10 39 8 .273 .305 .455
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .691 450 56 11 56 18 .248 .296 .395
Since 2017Away .545 441 32 8 31 10 .189 .243 .301
2019Home .428 99 6 0 7 4 .151 .202 .226
2019Away .458 97 7 3 7 1 .126 .216 .241
2018Home .608 152 21 3 12 4 .225 .289 .319
2018Away .541 157 13 1 10 7 .189 .255 .287
2017Home .887 199 29 8 37 10 .315 .348 .538
2017Away .590 187 12 4 14 2 .219 .247 .343
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Stat Review
How does Chris Owings compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.18
 
BB Rate
7.1%
 
K Rate
39.8%
 
BABIP
.222
 
ISO
.094
 
AVG
.139
 
OBP
.209
 
SLG
.233
 
OPS
.443
 
wOBA
.204
 
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.2%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A broken finger, suffered on a botched bunt attempt, ended Owings' season in late July, and he underwent a second surgery on the finger in November. That second procedure has clouded his status a bit for Opening Day, and Owings' skill set is not worth taking a big gamble on anyway. The 26-year-old walked at just a 4.4 percent clip in 2017, nearly identical to his marks from the previous three seasons, while his strikeout rate jumped roughly four percentage points to 22.5 percent (.313 wOBA). Owings did most of his damage at home, posting a dismal .219/.247/.343 line away from Chase Field. The uptick in power may be real given the likelihood of a new ball and Owings' return to a more pull-happy approach (39.1 percent Pull%). He also has good instincts on the basepaths to go with moderate speed, but playing time concerns abound. His best chance to see the field is at second base, where he will compete with Brandon Drury for starts.
Owings was a versatile player for the Diamondbacks in 2016, as he filled a hole in center field and at short stop. His 47 starts in center were especially useful, as Arizona dealt with a rash of injuries to outfielders. Prior to last season, Owings hadn't made an appearance in the outfield at the MLB level, but he played well and could be an option there again in 2017. However, he's more valuable to fantasy owners as a middle infielder, though he's expected to fight with new arrival Ketel Marte and holdovers Brandon Drury and Nick Ahmed for reps there with A.J. Pollock returning to center field. When he's in the lineup, Owings doesn't offer much pop, but he does provide decent speed (21 steals last year and 16 in 2015). Playing time will determine his overall 2017 value, but he figures to at least be a cheap source of steals.
Owings, who primarily played at shortstop in 2014, made the transition to second base in 2015 to make room for Nick Ahmed. His main fantasy contribution last year came in stolen bases, as he swiped 16 in 20 attempts. Beyond that, however, Owings wasn’t much of an offensive threat. He batted .227 across 552 plate appearances, while scoring 59 runs and driving in 43. Owings also had just four home runs. For a guy who didn’t display much power,he struck out way too often, whiffing 26.1 percent of the time. Once a promising prospect in his own right, Owings could be pushed for playing time in 2016 by prospect Brandon Drury, especially if Owings continues to struggle at the plate. For now, he isn’t a player to consider in most formats, though if he does start to hit, his speed at a relatively scarce position could make him an interesting option.
Owings earned a spot on the Diamondbacks' Opening Day roster and was the team's primary shortstop for the first three months of the season before left shoulder soreness derailed his rookie season. He returned to the roster in September and shifted to second base, starting 18 of 20 games before the injury shut him down for good. While the team insisted that the injury was merely a bruise, Owings had surgery to repair the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in early October. The offensive production in Year 1 was a significant drop from his production at Triple-A Reno in 2013, but his numbers prior to the first instance of his shoulder woes in June (.277/.313/.458, six homers, 7-for-7 in stolen base opportunities) project favorably for a middle infielder over a complete season. If he's healthy when spring training begins, Owings' combination of power and speed will make him an intriguing sleeper in 2015.
Owings had a fantastic 2013 in Triple-A Reno, hitting .330 and stealing 20 bases. His aggression at the plate hasn't hurt his batting average yet, and it may not be an overwhelming problem given his combination of speed and ability to make hard contact. In the short term, Owings' problem is organizational depth at his position. Despite the fact that he played shortstop and second base last year, he has plenty of hurdles on the depth chart so long as Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hill are in town. He may be a major trade chip for the Diamondbacks, but Owings could end up back at Reno to begin the season awaiting his chance for regular playing time in Arizona.
Owings spent most of 2012 as a 20-year-old at Double-A, where injuries limited him to just 310 plate appearances and 69 games. Plate discipline continues to be a concern (3.5 percent walk rate) for the former supplemental first-round pick (2009), but he fields his position well and is ultimately expected to develop average power as he matures. The departure of Stephen Drew via trade in July makes shortstop a significant area of short and long-term need for Arizona, so Owings could be in the mix as early as 2014 depending on how things materialize this season. He'll likely head back to Mobile to try and conquer Double-A and solidify his place as part of the D-Backs' long-term plan in the middle infield.
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Promoted, leading off against Halos
2BBoston Red Sox
August 11, 2019
Owings' contract was selected from Triple-A Pawtucket, and he is leading off and starting at second base Sunday against the Angels, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Links up with Red Sox
2BBoston Red Sox
June 17, 2019
Owings signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Monday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Released by Royals
2BFree Agent
June 4, 2019
Owings was released by the Royals on Tuesday.
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DFA'ed by Kansas City
2BKansas City Royals
May 31, 2019
Owings was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.
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Losing out on playing time
2BKansas City Royals
May 5, 2019
Owings is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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