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5/22/1986 (30 y, 9 m, 3 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 26, Overall: 168, Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
$1M / 1 Years (2016)
Cowgill signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. (2/8/2017)
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Fresh off being traded to Oakland, this winter Cowgill should have a clearer path to playing time because the A’s outfield is empty. That will give the 25-year-old a real shot to prove he can translate his breakout 2011 at Triple-A into some success at the big-league level. Cowgill tore up the Pacific Coast League, hitting .354/.430/.554 with 13 home runs and 30 stolen bases over 98 games. As impressive as those numbers were, they were certainly aided by his playing in a hitter’s league and in a hitter’s park, which helps explain why scouts see more of a fourth outfielder or, at best, perhaps a second-division regular. Cowgill doesn’t possess any elite skill, but he also doesn’t have any glaring hole or weakness, either. Combined with his gamer approach and the ability to play all three outfield spots, that should make him a useful big leaguer. (Jason Catania)
The Quick Opinion:
The best thing going for Cowgill in 2012? Opportunity. Given the dearth of outfield options in Oakland, he should have a spot on the 25-man roster, and quite possibly a starting job. As long as he performs passably, Cowgill could spend the entire season in the bigs. That alone will make him rosterable in deep AL-only leagues.
With the A's outfield being jam-packed with the likes of Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Yoenis Cespedes, and now Chris Young, Collin Cowgill was left as the odd man out. Now a member of the New York Mets, Cowgill has a chance to open the season as their center fielder. If given that chance, he would be an interesting pick in deep NL-Only leagues. In the more likely platoon/backup role, its hard to imagine Cowgill bringing a ton of value to your fantasy team. (
Cowgill entered 2013 with a chance to be the Mets' starting center fielder; he ended the season playing a part time role for the Angels, which tells you everything you need to know about how that chance went. Cowgill struck out often, walked infrequently, and didn’t hit for tons of power. He’ll enter this season with a shot at a backup job for the Angels, but it remains a long shot unless he starts hitting more baseballs, hitting them harder, and drawing more walks. (
The Quick Opinion:
Just enough promise with the glove and the bat to get a few more shots, Cowgill should remain undrafted even if your league is deep enough that he's relevant.
A dismal 2013 season in which he failed to hold onto a job in a barren Mets outfield and then was traded to the Angels may have sealed Collin Cowgill’s fate as, at best, a fourth outfielder. That said, Cowgill performed fairly well as injuries to his teammates netted him 293 plate appearances in 2014. His five home runs and four steals would prorate to close to double digits in a full season, and his .250 average and .330 OBP were solid. The major problem for Cowgill remains the strikeouts. His 25.3% strikeout rate in 2014 was right at his career average. Meanwhile Kole Calhoun’s breakout performance last season makes it clear that Cowgill’s only chance to start every day in Anaheim will be because of an injury. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Cowgill bounced back in 2014 after a dismal 2013 season, but a talented Angels’ outfield makes him a fourth outfielder, and one with more real-life value than fantasy value in the event that a starter is hurt.
Collin Cowgill is a nice fourth outfielder because of his defensive versatility. He has saved double digit runs in each of the corner outfield spots according to Defensive Runs Saved despite fewer than 1,000 innings at each position in his career. That is no doubt why the Indians acquired him for their bench. Just don’t expect a new team to mean new relevance for Cowgill in fantasy. For his career, Cowgill has produced 12 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 745 plate appearances, but a triple slash of .236/.299/.334 sabotages even that meager value. With Abraham Almonte in center field and Lonnie Chisenhall in right field so that Giovanny Urshela can play third base, there is a ton of uncertainty in the outfield in Cleveland. But even if other issues force Cowgill into their lineup, the fantasy production just will not be there.
The Quick Opinion:
Collin Cowgill is a fourth outfielder based primarily on his defensive versatility. Meager power and speed and poor contact ability make him unattractive in fantasy.
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