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GIANT HONOR: TRA recognizes first Major Leaguer with special jersey presentation

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

David Owen honor 2 9-17 David Owen Honor 9-17Back in the spring, the reigning World Series champions San Francisco Giants drafted local hurler David Owen.
Owen, a 2012 graduate of Tipton-Rosemark Academy, was selected in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Giants. To play tribute to the school’s first Major Leaguer, TRA Head Baseball Coach Brad Smith customized a San Francisco Giants jersey with the No. 19, to commemorate Owen’s draft round. Smith on behalf of TRA presented the jersey to Owen during last Friday night’s home football game against Macon Road.
Since being drafted, Owen had pitched in A-Ball in the Northwest. The Giants are hoping Owen will be the next in line of notable pitchers from recent years like Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner and Houston High School product Matt Cain.  Cain tossed a perfect game back in 2012 and has helped the Giants win three World Series titles since 2010.
During some of that time frame, Owen was a standout for the Rebels. Owen was a part of the 2009 State runner-up team, and was a major arm in getting the Rebels to the 2012 State Tournament. After earning the 2012 Star Pitcher of the Year Award, Owen moved onto Arkansas State in Jonesboro.
In three seasons with the Red Wolves, Owen moved up in the rotation. His sophomore season he had 76 strikeouts. In his last season in Jonesboro, the 21-year-old Millington product totaled 73 Ks.

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