Owings switching back to pitching after year with Nats

Owings switching back to pitching after year with Nats
February 10, 2014, 1:30 pm
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Micah Owings, who spent six months in the Nationals' organization last season as a first baseman, has decided to switch back to pitching in his quest for a contract in 2014. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish first had the report.

Owings, 31, was a major league pitcher for six years before becoming a position player. He was long considered one of the best hitting pitchers in baseball before making the move with a .283 average through 219 plate appearances.

Owings will now go back to pitching as he hopes to return to the big leagues. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the San Diego Padres and has a 4.86 career ERA through 138 games.

The Nationals released Owings in July after he played 57 games for the Syracuse Chiefs. There he hit .265 with eight homers, 31 RBI and 28 runs scored. He then joined the Brewers where he also appeared in eight minor league games as a pitcher.

Owings has also spent time with the Reds, Diamondbacks and Padres.