Mlb.com started their Top 10 lists of prospects around baseball and the first installment reviewed the best young shortstops. You can view the entire list and a brief summary of each player here. Sitting at number ten is Chris Owings of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Owings and Xander Bogaerts, who was rated number one, were the only ones to make their Major League debuts last season.
As we know, it will be Didi Gregorius who will fight it out with Owings in Spring Training for the right to start at short for the D’backs in 2014. Interestingly, the article states that some scouts believe that Owings is a better fit at second base. With Aaron Hill signed through 2016, it is unlikely that Owings has an immediate future at second in Arizona if he does lose the battle. More likely, Owings would be traded to a team like the New York Mets who are starving for an impact player at the position. My personal preference is for him to win the job. The difference on offense over Didi is greater than the advantage Gregorius has over Owings on defense. That’s just my humble opinion.
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