The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced that infielder Hunter Owen has been added to big league camp as a non-roster invitee.
The 27-year-old Owen has recorded double-digit home run totals in each of his last three seasons (2017-19) of minor league action after being selected by the Pirates in the 25th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft from Indiana State University.
Owen hit a combined .261 (93-for-357) with 19 doubles, two triples, 19 home runs and 53 RBI in 110 games between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in his last season of action in 2019. Owen was leading the Eastern League in home runs (15), batting (.295), slugging (.565), OPS (.934) and total bases (134) at the time of his promotion to Triple-A on June 20, 2019.
The right-handed hitting Owen finished second among all Pirates minor leaguers in home runs (18) and fourth in RBI (60) while spending the entire 2018 campaign with Single-A Bradenton, where he ranked third in the Florida State League in slugging percentage (.464) and fourth in extra base hits (42).