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Royals Sign Infielder/Outfielder Chris Owings To One-Year Contract

Courtesy of the Kansas City Royals Media Relations

The Kansas City Royals announced Wednesday that the club has signed infielder/outfielder Chris Owings to a one-year contract. Consistent with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Owings, 27, hit .206 (58-for-281) in 106 games (63 starts) with Arizona in 2018, while making starts in right field (33), center field (10), third base (9), second base (8) and left field (3). He set career highs in 2017 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI, but was limited to just 97 games due to injury.

He was selected out of Gilbert High School (S.C.) by Arizona in the first round (41st overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, and made his Major League debut in September of 2013. In parts of six seasons with the Diamondbacks, Owings has made starts at shortstop (214), second base (145), center field (57), right field (56), third base (9) and left field (3). In 2016, he became the first in the Majors to record at least 400 innings in center field and at shortstop in a single season since 1977. He also tied for the Major League lead that year with 11 triples.

Owings is one of 26 players in the Majors to record at least 10 steals in each of the last four seasons, and is the Diamondbacks’ all-time leader (min. 50 steals) with a career stolen base rate of 84.3 (70-for-83).

Kansas City’s Major League Reserve List is now at 37.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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