Is there a winner in the battle to become the Arizona Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop? Jim Bowden seems to think there is.
According to the former MLB general manager and current ESPN analyst, Chris Owings has edged out Didi Gregorius to become the everyday player at short. No one from the D’backs’ organization would confirm this tidbit as perhaps this is news to them. I also looked around for news from the people who cover the team and couldn’t find anything there as well. For what it’s worth, Bowden believes that Owings will be a Rookie of the Year candidate while Gregroius will be traded. The market for shortstops has increased with the news that Jose Iglesias of the Detroit Tigers has stress fractures in both legs.
Neither candidate has distinguished himself during Spring Training at the plate. Didi’s slash line was .205/.244/.256 in 39 at-bats while Owings’s was .273/.319/.364 in 44 at-bats. Both players are in Australia with each possibly starting a game at short. If one of them plays both games, let the speculation begin.