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Snake Pit Appraisals: Chris Owings

What grade did the Snake Pit give Chris Owings for 2014?

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Strengths

1.9 WAR in 91 games says hello.

Claiming that what was written is not what was written does not change it. 
Reading between the lines often leads to missing the lines themselves.

Yes, he didn’t keep it up because of the injury. But I’m not penalizing him for that. Before then, he was every bit as good at the plate as expected (probably even exceeding the expectations of most people) and was much better with the glove than I was led to expect.

We need Zombie Sammy Baugh...to play safety! 
Heath Bell Syndrome is like the Chicken Pox. Even if you get rid of it, it comes back as the Shingles of bullpen failures. 
As of 8/23, owes Addison Reed dinner.

Weaknesses

He had quite the up and down season

Very good April and June, very bad May and September. I’d be more inclined to believe his September was all about the injury if hadn’t had another month that was similarly as bad when he was healthy. Also, there is a huge contrast between his home and away splits. He did not hit well on the road for whatever reason. If he can hit close to as well on the road as he does at home, he’ll be in business...

The future ain't what it used to be

Before the injury, he was pretty inpressive

Needs to improve his OBP though, but that was always thought of as an issue for him.

Cards/Bears/Suns/D-Backs/Yotes/Sun Devils

Carson Palmer, he goes long

Towards 2015

Better defense than I expected, better patience at the plate considering we all know about his non-existant walk rate in the minors. Ceiling of a 2012 Aaron Hill, floor of current day Cliff Pennington.

...I still like the idea of Owings at 2B and Didi at SS with Pollock in CF to form a strong defensive triangle in the middle and also all three guys that can run the bases. I’ll be interested to see what the new regime has in mind.

The future ain't what it used to be


Comment of the Thread

Good depth often has to come from within, in the form of younger talent. Depth is hard to build overnight, but it’s easy to deplete.: Jeff Sullican

You can’t grade any lower than that for a Rookie Shortstop at his age. His defense looked better than expected. 
That said his OBP and Walk rates were already regressing towards expected levels prior to the injury and as others have mentioned, this issue isn’t going away.
Thats not to say he won’t improve in these areas, but it’s never likely to be a strength and the only way he is likely to have significantly above league avg OBP at any point is if it’s heavily BA and BABIP dependent.

But a SS who plays good Defense, puts up a 95 OPS+ with some pop, and has future growth potential is a good player to have on your team.

The Tally

  • 5 - Highly Satisfied: 30%
  • 4 - Mostly Satisfied: 56%
  • 3 - Neither Satisfied nor Dissatisfied: 12%
  • 2 - Somewhat Dissatisfied: 2%
  • 1 - Very Dissatisfied: 0%

The Scoreboard

  1. Evan Marshall: 4.76 (119 votes)
  2. Josh Collmenter: 4.71 (151)
  3. Paul Goldschmidt: 4.64 (168)
  4. Ender Inciarte: 4.51 (111)
  5. Chase Anderson: 4.18 (161)
  6. Chris Owings: 4.13 (112)
  7. Vidal Nuno: 3.96 (92)
  8. Eury de la Rosa: 3.63 (91)
  9. Tuffy Gosewisch: 3.50 (113)
  10. Brandon McCarthy 3.43 (542)***
  11. Jake Lamb 3.31 (115)
  12. Wade Miley 2.94 (122)
  13. Didi Gregorius: 2.75 (106)
  14. Miguel Montero: 2.67 (128)
  15. Mike Bolsinger: 2.67 (117)
  16. Bronson Arroyo: 2.63 (125)
  17. Will Harris 2.49 (61)
  18. Randall Delgado: 2.25 (122)
  19. Aaron Hill 2.11 (91)
  20. Trevor Cahill: 1.07 (147)

It seems pretty clear that Chris Owings' 2014 grade was impacted by his significant time lost to injury.  Even still, the more than 50% of voters gave Owings a solid 4, with the lion's share of the remainder grading him at a 5. It seems likely that unless some major changes are made between now and Spring Training that Chris Owings will be the starting short stop for the Diamondbacks in 2015, representing part of the talented young core that could be the future of the franchise.