Micah Owings eyes move to position of power

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Most likely, the first place Owings will go this season is the minor leagues. His major league service time means little when it comes to the path he’s chosen at this point. He has to establish himself as an offensive player, and the Nationals have made no promises to him one way or the other.

Even as a veteran with the Nationals, Ankiel occasionally talked about the fact that, as a hitter, he was still fairly young. When he offered advice to Owings last year, part of it was to remember that you can never stop learning.

“I’ve always taken the approach to learn,” Owings said. “I think there’s always room to learn and improve, especially as my career progresses. You’ve got to make adjustments. Time will tell. I think I know myself pretty well as a hitter, and know not to deviate from that.

“But to continue to learn? You can always do that.”

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