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Chris Owings the favorite over Didi Gregorius for D-Backs’ starting shortstop job

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 26: Chris Owings #16 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training baseball game at Salt River Fields at Talking Sticks on February 26, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/Getty Images)

Gregg Forwerck

ESPN’s Jim Bowden hears that Chris Owings is the favorite over Didi Gregorius for the Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop job. Owings, 22, has not had a particularly great showing this spring, but has out-hit Gregorius in OPS, .698 to .541.

Gregorius, 24, wasn’t particularly impressive in his rookie season in 2013, posting a .704 OPS. Owings wasn’t noticeably better at the big league level last season but only had 61 plate appearances with which to work. He performed well with Triple-A Reno, slashing .330/.359/.482.

Bowden expects Owings to wind up as a candidate for the NL Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season. Additionally, he expects the D-Backs to shop Gregorius. He could, perhaps, be an option for the Tigers.

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