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  1. If he keeps up his high LD% and low GB%, with decent speed, his high BABIP seem sustainable. He had high BABIP all throughout his minor league career as well.

    Agreed he’s nothing great, but certainly a passable starting LF at worst, but he could get much better if as he matures he gets a little more loft on the ball. He obviously can hit the ball hard.

    Comment by fothead — July 2, 2010 @ 10:16 am

  2. coghlan seems sort of similar to a Cards/Dodgers player from the 50’s & 60’s, Wally Moon. Check out the similarities in their rookie seasons, age in rookie seasons, physical build and I believe (could be wrong, belief based entirely on my dad’s memory) Moon was converted from the middle infield to outfield as well. They appear to be comparable players.

    Comment by ms — July 2, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  3. He’s definitely had better plate discipline than he showed earlier this season, so I don’t think it’s a fair assessment to say that May looked like what he would look like all year.Still, I agree with the general principle.

    Comment by Michael — July 2, 2010 @ 6:50 pm

  4. Interesting. Moon was famous for having an ‘inside-out’ swing (I think meaning his power was to the opposite field). I’ve never seen Coghlan play, is the the same?

    B-R lists Moon as an outfielder throughout his minors career (but he’s only listed as starting at 20, when, assuming he was signed out of HS, he would have been in the system earlier. So he may have been switched before then.

    Comment by Carligula — July 3, 2010 @ 10:33 am

  5. According to the xBABIP Quick Calculator, Coghlan’s expected BABIP is .347.

    Comment by Bobby Mueller — July 3, 2010 @ 8:26 pm

  6. Yeah, I was just gonna say, only PITCHERS have a BABIP of about 0.300. Many batters have very different career marks, with slow high-fly-ball-rate sluggers generally having low BABIP while fast grounder/line drive hitters have much higher.

    Comment by Brandon — July 4, 2010 @ 6:46 am

  7. A .360 mark is still well out of range and one that only very few hitters have sustained over a long period of time. 1 1/2 seasons certainly is not enough for us to say that Coghlan is one of those players.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — July 4, 2010 @ 2:16 pm

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