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The D-backs selected Chris Owings 41st overall as the second of their three
sandwich picks between the first and second rounds of the draft this year.
Though selected as a shortstop, many believe that Owings will be better-suited
for second base as a professional. Owings projects to hit for a solid
batting average and runs well, but currently possesses little power to speak of.
The Gilbert High School graduate had committed to USC and held out for two
months after his draft selection in order to increase his signing bonus.
He was successful, as his final bonus wound up totaling more than $100,000 over
the MLB suggestion for his draft slot.
"This is what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t 100 percent sure it was going to
work out," Owings told TheState.com. "We kept saying, ‘They picked me for a
A big part of that reason was the fact that Owings led Gilbert High to Class
2A state championships in 2006 and 2008. He batted .400 with five homers, 20
RBI, and 22 stolen bases his senior season. He will join the
Missoula Osprey shortly and participate in the instructional league this fall.
"I’m relieved that I now know what I’m doing, Owings said. "I’ve been
waiting to figure out where I was going; I’m excited to be starting my
The Arizona Diamondbacks have until midnight on Monday, August 17 to sign any
remaining draft picks. While they have come to terms with 26 of their
first 29 selections in a draft in which they held five extra picks, the D-backs
have thus far failed to corral 16th overall selection Bobby Borchering.
Borchering was regarded as one of the best power bats of the draft, grading with a 70 potential on the 20-80
scale and has drawn comparisons to future Hall of famer Chipper Jones. He
had signed a letter of intent with the University of Florida prior to being
selected by the D-backs in June. The 18-year old third baseman may honor
that commitment, or he may join Stephen Drew, Max Scherzer, and Jarrod Parker as
recent first-rounders to sign last-minute with the Diamondbacks.
Third baseman Matthew Helm (7th round) and southpaw Patrick Shuster (13th)
are the other relatively high picks that have not signed. Both high school
draftees are expected to honor their college commitments. Most of the
players taken in the second half of the draft are not expected to sign in a
given year due to the practically non-existent bonus money, long odds of
reaching the majors, and other individual factors.
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