It’s only taken a few spring training games, but already outfielder Collin Cowgill has made a great first impression with the New York Mets. Cowgill was acquired during the offseason in a trade with the Oakland Athletics for prospect Jefry Marte, and already looks like a useful and intriguing player.
In the Mets first spring training game of the season, Cowgill scored from second a routine ground out to the right side after the opposing pitcher turned his back to the play while covering first. That one simply play, albeit in a meaningless spring training game, showed that Cowgill possesses the hustle and aggression that the Mets are seeking, and that they’ll need to succeed this year.
The Mets don’t have the kind of power hitters or even the kind of consistent and reliable hitters that other teams in baseball have, and so they’ll need to make up for that in other areas with aggressive and heads up play, and Cowgill appears to be a guy that can provide that for them.
Outside of that one play, Cowgill has gone 3 for 5 with two stolen bases in early spring training games. It’s a small sample size with regards to the number of at bats, but two stolen bases further indicate his aggression on the base paths, something the Mets have lacked in past years. It also indicates that Cowgill could help fill the need the Mets have in the leadoff spot.
As it stands now, Cowgill is likely to platoon in centerfield with Kirk Nieuwenhuis, meaning he will only play when the opposing team has a lefty starting on the mound. However, if Cowgill keeps it up, he could see his role for the Mets increase this year, and that may not be such a bad thing for New York.