Christopher Scott Owings (born August 12, 1991) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball . He has played shortstop , second base , and center field for the Diamondbacks.

Professional career

Minor Leagues

Owings was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of Gilbert High School in Gilbert, South Carolina . [2] [3]

Owings started the 2012 season with the Visalia Rawhide of the Class A-Advanced California League , hitting .324/.362/.544 with 11 home runs in 59 games. He was than promoted to the Double-A Mobile BayBears where he hit .263/.291/.377 with six home runs in 69 games. [4] [5]

Owings spent the 2013 season with the Reno Aces of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), and was listed as one of the top prospects in the Diamondbacks organization. His contract was selected by the Diamondbacks on September 3 after the major league rosters expanded. [6]

Arizona Diamondbacks

Owings made his Major Leagie debut on September 3, 2013, where he pinch-hit in the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays and grounded out to the second baseman. After batting .330 with 12 home runs, 31 doubles, 81 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, he won the PCL's Most Valuable Player Award . [31]

In spring training in 2014, Owings competed for the starting shortstop role with Didi Gregorius , the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop in 2013. [8] He was named the Diamondbacks' starting shortstop for Opening Day . [31] Owings led all National League rookies with a .313 batting average in April, and was named the National League Rookie of the Month for April 2014. [9] He suffered a left shoulder injury in June, [10] [2] and had offseason surgery to repair the posterior labrum in the shoulder. [2]

On Opening Day 2017, Owings hit a game-winning single against San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon , giving the Diamondbacks a 6-5 win. [2]

Personal life

Owings' younger brother Connor plays college baseball for Coastal Carolina University . The Diamondbacks selected him in the 2016 MLB draft . [2]