For Davidson and Gosewisch, it will not be their first time with the Diamondbacks. Davidson appeared in 12 games with Arizona this season, going 5-for-28, and driving in a pair of runs. He was a supplemental first-round pick in 2009, was named the Most Valuable Player in the 2013 MLB All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field and won the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby at his home ballpark in Reno. Local guy Gosewisch was named to the PCL midseason All-Star Team and threw out more than half (23-of-45) of base-stealers. Tuffy, played in eight games with the D-backs this season going 5-for-27. He went to Horizon High School in Phoenix, then attended ASU.
Probably the more interesting name is Owings, 22, who will be making his major-league debut when he appears - to make room for him on the 40-man roster, the team moved Matt Reynolds to the 60-day DL. Owings was named the 2013 PCL MVP and Rookie of the Year, batting .330 12 home runs and 81 RBI in 125 games for the Aces. He'll be wearing No. 16, previously owned by John McDonald, and also worn by Travis Lee, Reggie Sanders and Conor Jackson. Owings was a supplemental first-round selection (#41 overall) in the 2009 draft, and ranked second among all Minor Leaguers this season in hits.
Owings had been expected to be the D-backs shortstop of the future, but the arrival of Didi Gregorius appears to have put the kibosh on that plan. It's hard to see exactly where he might fit in, with the obvious alternative spot of second-base, also locked down by Aaron Hill for the foreseeable future. The general consensus is that Owings could end up as trade-bait this winter, and the team may use the remaining month of this season to try and showcase his talents at the major-league level.
While I'm here, should also mention that it was announced yesterday, relief pitcher Matt Langwell will be the player to be named later in the Jason Kubel trade. "Later", in this case, took less than 48 hours, so one kinda wonders why they bothered. He has now also been added to the major-league roster, giving us 31 in total there, so maybe we'll see him tonight. Might as well tell you a bit more about him, since I've got the editor open...
First of all, the basics. Langwell, 27, was 3-4 with 2 saves, a 2.24 ERA (15 ER in 60.1 IP) and 52 strikeouts in 42 relief appearances and one start, with Triple-A Columbus this. He also appeared in five games for the Indians this season, going 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA (3 ER in 5.1 IP) and 6 strikeouts. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has gone 18-15 with 17 saves and a 2.92 ERA (115 ER in 354.0 IP) in 234 appearances (nine starts) over six Minor League seasons in the Indians organization (2008-13). Langwell was originally selected by Cleveland in the 11th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the team transferred Cody Ross to the 60-day disabled list; there'll need to be some shuffling down the road for that, but we'll cross that as and when necessary. Langwell will wear #43, last owned by a Diamondback in 2011 when it was used by Zach Kroenke, though the most-renowned player in team history to have it, is probably Miguel Batista.
Langwell wasn't expected to last long with the Indians at spring training this year as a non-roster invitee, but "kept throwing strikes and getting people out," so survived deeper than anticipated. He was called up for the first time at the start of June, and received a rude welcome to the major-leagues, allowing a home-run to the first batter he faced - however, that was Evan Longoria, not the only pitcher to have been burned like that. He also saw some action at the end of the month, and got his first W, despite allowing two runs in the eighth inning of a game against the White Sox. If you're wondering why we got him, this scouting report from last winter might shed some light:
The fastball is straight and just 89-90 MPH. He also throws what looks like a tailing fastball at 86-87 MPH along with an 82 MPH change. The changeup is his strikeout pitch as it has late dip. His command isn't even that great, so I really don't see how he can get out MLB hitters.
That seems to concur with the pitch f/X report which (in a small sample size) has his average fastball at 90.5 mph. That said, Langwell's control did improve somewhat this season in AAA, his walk-rate decreasing from 3.6 to 2.8 per nine innings. Some reports had him as possessing more or less a straight-up fastball/slider combination, but the numbers from his earlier major-league stints suggest he prefers the change-up, or even the curve-ball, to the slider. The consensus is that he could become a major-league set-up man. Or he could end up as a set-up man in Triple-A. Given what we gave up, any future contribution would make this a win for us.