Kaleb Cowart, who was the Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year Award winner in 2010, is heading into his fifth year in the Los Angeles Angels‘ organization with hopes to prove his worth in the 2014 spring training.
The 21-year-old third baseman was drafted as the No. 17 overall pick in 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, and since then he has progressed through the Halos’ minor league system as he played for their Double-A affiliate in the Arkansas Travelers last season.
However, Cowart took a step back in production in 2013 as he had a triple slash of .221/.279/.301 with six home runs, 42 RBIs, 124 strikeouts and grounded into 11 double plays in 132 games played.
This was a significant drop in overall production for Cowart as he had excelled at the Single-A and advanced Single-A level in 2012 where he had a combined triple slash of .276/.358/.452 to along with 16 home runs, 103 RBIs, 31 doubles and 67 walks in 135 games played.
Prior to last year’s struggles he was regarded by many scouts as the Halos’ No. 1 prospect, but his difficulties at the Double-A level hurt his stock as a being a promising player in the organization’s farm system.
So with an invite to this year’s spring training, Cowart can use this opportunity to work on his hitting against other teams that will feature several major league pitchers. If he is able to have some sort of success against them, it will certainly provide a boost in confidence for the struggling right-handed batter.
Cowart can also use the 2014 spring training as a spring board into the regular season as he looks to show the Angels that he is still the young and promising player who could be the team’s long-term answer at third base.
So with that said, he must take full advantage of this prime opportunity to showcase his abilities that had earned him the title as the top rated prospect in Los Angeles’ minor league system in 2013.