Friday, February 15, 2013

Cowgill is a spark plug...

On December 18th the Mets traded Jefry Marte for 26y/o right handed hitting outfielder Collin Cowgill.  It's said that he can play a decent center field and he hit .269 in 104 at bats last season.  Throughout his short career Cowgill has been praised for his intangibles, specifically to be a spark plug of the offense...

Here's what was said after he was drafted by the D-Backs...

OF Collin Cowgill, fifth round (168): The senior at the University of Kentucky missed his junior year after having surgery on his hammate bone. He was a catalyst for the Wildcats and has a good approach at the plate. source

Last season in spring training with Oakland here's part of an interview with Cowgill

Q: Bob Melvin has said that even if you haven’t been in the game you come back to the dugout with your jersey all dirty and everything I’ve read there’s been praise for your work ethic. What does that mean to you and how do you go out and play the game that might be different from others?

A: It’s been like that my whole life. I’ve never been the biggest guy, the strongest guy, the most talented guy. I try to put myself in the position where at the end of the day I have no regrets. There is no reason why I shouldn’t perform because I put my work in, and do the best I can to prepare for the game. And whether or not I get hits or what not, I play hard and do what I can to help the team win. That’s always been my philosophy, whatever I can do on the field, whether it is running hard on a pop up or ground out, there’s always a chance somebody will make a mistake out there. I just want to put myself in a position to help the team win; I prepare that way, and hope to be successful. source Todd Van Poppel rockie card retirement plan 

Now this spring he's being compared to Lenny Dykstra

“Rico would have me hit leadoff sometimes in Double-A because he said I reminded him of Lenny Dykstra,” Cowgill said yesterday. “He was like, ‘Man, I was thinking about Lenny today and I want you to lead off.’ I tell you, that’s big shoes to fill right there.” source Newsday