Reno Aces shortstop Chris Owings has been named the 2013 Pacific Coast League Most Valuable Player, marking the second-straight season an Aces player has garnered the honor, the league office announced today.
Owings, a native of Charleston, S.C., was voted the league's top rookie after a balloting of the PCL field managers and media representatives from across the league. On Tuesday, Owings became the third-straight player from the Reno franchise to be named the PCL's top rookie, after Collin Cowgill won the award in 2011 and Adam Eaton took home the crown last season. With the MPV, Owings matches Eaton's post-season accomplishments of last year, becoming just the third player in PCL history to sweep both end-of-season awards (also, Rob Quinlan, Salt Lake, 2002).
The 22-year-old has played in 120 games with Reno this season, and his .329 batting average is good for third in the league. He leads the PCL in hits (172), runs (98), and total bases (249), despite sitting out from Aug. 13—26 (hamstring injury). Additionally, Owings has 27 doubles, 12 home runs and seven triples to go along with 74 RBI and 17 stolen bases. His offensive numbers are impressive, but his glove is equally sound, as he leads all shortstops with 332 assists and is tied for fourth with 125 putouts.
Owings has shined the entire season, and on Monday it was announced he was named the shortstop for the All-PCL team. In addition to competing in the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Game at Aces Ballpark in July, he was an MLB All-Star SiriusXM Futures Game selection. In June, he became the first player in D-backs organizational history to be named the D-backs Organizational Player of the Month in three consecutive months. He also became the first player in Reno franchise history to have 40 or more hits in three consecutive month, knocking 40 in April, 44 in May and 45 in June to begin the 2013 campaign. On June 12, he became the first professional batter to reach the 100-hit plateau this season.
Selected by the D-backs in the 1st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Gilbert High School, Owings carries a .290 average over five minor league seasons.