Does anyone remember who won the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year? The player came from an 87-75 team. This player batted .321/.390/.460 with nine home runs and 47 RBI becoming a great hitter for the team, bringing light to the future of the organization. So, are you still guessing the player? The player’s name is Miami Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan.
Nobody remembers Coghlan because injuries have plagued him throughout his short career. He could definitely be the starting center fielder if he did not get hurt. This year, he is coming in fully healthy after numerous setbacks last season.
“My goal is to be a starter,” Coghlan said. “I want to make this team. I want to win a starting job at some point. That’s my goal. It starts one day at a time.”
Currently, he is not projected to be on the 25-man roster once the season opens up April 1. The current man in center field is Justin Ruggiano, who broke out last season with 13 home runs in the short time he spent with the club. However, Ruggiano has back problems that have not allowed him to play in Spring Training.
Coghlan is doing well in the Grapefruit League, batting .333 with a double and two RBI. With Ruggiano out and Giancarlo Stanton playing for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, this is his chance to prove why he deserves to be on this roster.