PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) announced that INF/OF Chris Owings was named the winner of the 2016 Luis Gonzalez Award, which is given annually to the D-backs player who best exemplifies the talents, spirit and heart of the D-backs legend both on and off the field, as voted by his teammates, coaches and staff members.
Owings will be presented the award by Gonzalez during a ceremony prior to tonight's game.
"Chris Owings showed everyone what it means to be an extraordinary teammate this season," said Gonzalez, Senior Advisor to the President & CEO. "I could not be more proud that Chris was recognized for this award by his teammates, coaches and staff members for his extreme selflessness on and off the field."
Owings entered Spring Training in a positional battle for starting role in the infield, but a late injury to A.J. Pollock forced the D-backs to ask the infielder to move to center field, a position he had never played in professional baseball.
Owings was not only Arizona's Opening Day starter in center field, he played nearly 50 games at that position and did not commit an error. He was then asked to switch positions and return to the infield to fill another need once Nick Ahmed injured his hip.
In a season where he played most of the season out of position, Chris produced his best offensive year of his career, setting career highs in hits, triples, stolen bases, RBI and batting average. His 11 triples are tied for the Major League lead, while his 90.9 percent stolen base rate is a D-backs single-season record.
LUIS GONZALEZ AWARD WINNERS
2015 Paul Goldschmidt
2016 Chris Owings