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Chris Owings (Photo: Sherri Owings)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Christopher Owings
School:Gilbert HS (S.C.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:170 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/21/09

Focus Area
Hitting ability:Owings has a good swing and should have the chance to hit for average at the next level. He's short to the ball and uses the whole field well.
Power:He can apply force to his swing, but he doesn't have a ton of strength, so he's got well below-average power, especially with wood.
Running speed:Has above-average speed.
Base running:Steals some bases now, but it probably won't be part of his game in the future.
Arm strength:His arm plays OK now because he plays a shallow shortstop, but on a bigger field, he may not have enough arm to stay at the position.
Fielding:Not a natural defender at short, he might be better suited to play second base.
Range:His feet are just OK and he has some trouble with balls in the hole.
Physical Description:Owings has a small frame with some wiry strength, kind of like a Kurt Stillwell type.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Good makeup, knows how to play the game. Some good hitting skills and he can run pretty well.
Weaknesses:Below-average power and a lack of fluid actions at short that might necessitate a move to second base.
Summary:Owings plays shortstop for his high school team, but that might not be his best defensive home as a pro, with a move to second perhaps on tap because of his arm strength and range. On the other side of second, his hands will play fine and he could be an offensive-minded second baseman who hits for average at the next level. He doesn't have much power, but he does use the whole field well. He doesn't have a plus tool, but he's the type of player who, if you're patient with him, will be better than the sum of his parts.