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The bite-sized Cowgill has been incredible this spring and could become a fan favorite with his surprising production and fearless, aggressive style of play.
Although the New York Mets were supposed to have an embarrassingly weak outfield, no one told that to Cowgill.
After the Mets traded for him from the Oakland Athletics this offseason, the diminutive, aggressive Cowgill has taken off this spring. He combines his fearless approach with hustle and solid defense, despite his 5’9” frame.
Even more, Cowgill has been a revelation on offense this spring. He is hitting .450 in 20 at-bats with nine hits, three doubles, a home run, three RBI, three runs and two stolen bases.
The 26-year-old has had an up-and-down minor league career, but it is clear that when he has his feet planted in one team he can thrive.
Last season, altering numerous times between Triple-A and the majors, Cowgill struggled immensely. He hit .250 in the minors and .269 in the majors. But in 2011, Cowgill was set in Triple-A. As a result, he put up amazing numbers in those 98 games, hitting .354 with 24 doubles, eight triples, 13 home runs, 70 RBI, 30 stolen bases and 96 runs.
Even though he is not a power hitter, that still translates to a .984 OPS.
Cowgill looks reckless but smart, and he knows when to utilize his aggressive style of play.
The weak outfield position was originally supposed to be carried by Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis. But Duda has barely been able to put the ball in play and Nieuwenhuis is still recovering from an injury.
Instead, the outfielders who have stepped up are Cowgill and Marlon Byrd, who has been effective at the plate so far. Manager Terry Collins has openly talked about how impressed he is with Cowgill.
Unlike Peterson and Terdoslavich, Cowgill has a legitimate shot at earning a full-time role this season for the Mets. If he continues this production, Collins will have to find a spot for Cowgill.
The combination of his production, small frame and aggressive style of play potentially means Cowgill could become a fan favorite for Mets fans this season.