An Agent’s Best Friend
How sweet would it be to represent an MLB starting pitcher? Now image that the pitcher can hit too. Not only hit, but crush the ball. Well that is exactly what Scott Boras has in Micah Owings. Not only is Owings a solid 4 or 5 starter, but he can hit in the 9 spot or even pinch hit like we saw last week.
I know it’s early in the season, but this guy has turned into a real weapon for the D-backs. Teammate Conor Jackson went as far as saying he has the most pop of all the Diamondback players.
It makes me think that this may turn into a new trend in the sport of baseball. Now some may think I’m nuts, but how many people thought the NFL would adapt a two running back system, or that we would see 7 foot sharp shooters in the NBA? Teams are always looking for an advantage. Having a pitcher who can hit and essentially be the DH in a national league lineup is huge. Pitchers in high school and college are usually the best athletes and hitters on the team, and it’s time to develop these players and take advantage of such pitchers.
Talk about a bargaining chip for his agent. When it comes time for a new contract, not only can Boras sell his client on being a very serviceable starter, but a guy who can legitimately hit and be an asset in the line-up. He is no longer a pitcher that can help his team once every five days.
I can see it now…Boras pulling up comps and some guy Babe Ruth comes into the discussion.