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  1. We’ll miss Micah in Arizona, but I bet the familiarity with Josh Byrnes and AJ Hinch sure helped in making the decision. Good deal for him.

    Comment by bigleaguechyut — February 2, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  2. I’ve always wondered how he would do hitting full time.

    Comment by Sammy — February 2, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  3. I suspect if his pitching doesn’t improve at PETCO we may find out.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — February 2, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  4. Isn’t Ownings’ other big problem his walk rate? Every pitcher gets helped in some way by Petco. Walks can be killer because every run ends up being precious and it ups the pitch count. The faster the pitch count rises, the more the (rest of the) bullpen has to work. The bullpen already has to work a lot due to Petco’s close games. Owings’ stats may improve, but I don’t see how he provides much more value that any other replacement level pitcher that moves to Petco.

    Comment by Sean D — February 2, 2012 @ 6:30 pm

  5. I’ve been saying this for 3-4 years now: Owings is a position player masquerading as a pitcher. He’s a better athlete than people give him credit for and should have been switched to playing the field after 2008 and could have carved out a nice career for himself. I’m actually astounded that teams keep giving him innings since he obviously is just not that good of a pitcher.

    Comment by Anon — February 2, 2012 @ 6:32 pm

  6. Would Owings be an OK right fielder? He obviously would have a good arm for the position.

    Comment by chinocochino — February 2, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  7. A long reliever that can hit for himself, that has value. Good move by the Pads.

    Comment by 44 — February 2, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

  8. Just my opinion but I think 3-4 years ago he could have made the switch to a corner OF position and MAYBE even 3B or 1B. I question whether a guy who is already 29 though can make the switch from pitcher to a position player other than 1B. Most of the crossovers you see are the other way, from position player to pitcher and the one from pitcher to position player that pops to mind is Rick Ankiel and he made the switch at age 25 in the minors and it took him 2 years to get to the bigs.

    And I’m not sure making the swtich now that he could hit enough to play 1B. If he had switched 3-4 years ago, he’d have a whole bunch of training and in-game ABs as a hitter to improve. Now, he’d have to learn on the fly.

    I guess I’m not seeing at this point.

    Comment by Anon — February 2, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

  9. How good of a hitter would he have been if he was brought up as a hitter? 349wOBA for a guy who never got regular ABs even in the minor leagues. And a bunch of MLB ABs were pinch hits which even regular position players find difficult.

    The red flag is his 389 BABIP but you’d have to think that would be more than offset by an improved BB/K rates that 1000 PAs would cure.

    Comment by Franco — February 2, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  10. The Padres are going to make Owings their second baseman so they can trade Hudson to the Orioles. Their former 2-bagger, Mark Loretta, is in the front office, and he avoided surgery by doing footwork exercises. He thinks infielders should use dance steps to improve their agility, and Owings will be able to handle 2B after a few dance lessons. You heard it here first.

    Comment by Lorenzo — February 3, 2012 @ 12:13 am

  11. Too bad that his best skill (hitting) is marginalized by being in a pitcher’s park. Imagine that, a pitcher who, because he’s a better hitter than pitcher, is hurt by pitching in a pitcher’s park.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — February 3, 2012 @ 12:44 am

  12. A Micah Owings article? Seriously?

    Comment by hernandez17 — February 3, 2012 @ 10:03 am

  13. It is possible that Owings could resurrect his career in San Diego, others have namely Garland (DBacks) and Harang (Reds) each of the two last seasons. The Padres have two respected pitching coaches in Black and Balsley. With Owings really needing to learn a new pitch i.e. a change-up may be he could spend some time with Trevor Hoffman during Spring Training. I remember the Padres had a pitcher named Lollar who was College All-American DH who helped himself often but as with Owings never a truly great pitcher. Micah will have opportunities to harness his God given talent.

    Comment by Robb — February 3, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  14. When runs are so hard to come by at Petco I think his bat will be more valuable than ever.

    Comment by Valuearb — February 4, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

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