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Mets trade Jefry Marte for Collin Cowgill (A's OF)

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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:51 PM

Mets trade Jefry Marte for Collin Cowgill (A's OF) 


# Mets acquire outfielder Collin Cowgill from Oakland in exchange for minor league infielder Jefry Marte.

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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:51 PM

Mets Acquire OF: Collin Cowgill 


Arly - please lend us your thoughts.  biggrin

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Last edited 12/18/2012 12:52 PM by Walnutz15

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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:54 PM

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Thank you.  He was one of the guys we've brought up the past few weeks as a low profile guy who has upside and who might make a solid platoon mate with Kirk in CF.  bravo!  th_clapping.gif


don't know if he's more than a platoon guy, but at least he should get a decent shot here to find out.
"Maybe it's time to make some moves."  - Sandy Alderson

Last edited 12/18/2012 12:58 PM by DuffyDyer

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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:55 PM

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Manning4MVP18 wrote:

# Mets acquire outfielder Collin Cowgill from Oakland in exchange for minor league infielder Jefry Marte.

and btw, Marte is not a throwaway.  He has a decent shot at making the show in some capacity.  He's held his own in AA at a pretty tender age.  2013 will reveal a lot about him and his future.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:56 PM

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Cowgill has only 95 career PAs vs. LHP. But he's hitting .298/.379/.405.

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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:58 PM

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Posted: 12/18/2012 12:58 PM

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i'm no expert on Cowgill but a quick glance at those numbers suggest that hitting the baseball with any authority is not a strength of his. 

7 EXBH in 215 PA?

I hope he can play defense really, really well.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:02 PM

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Have seen Collin play a bit out here in Oakland...Kid can play D, nice range. Solid move, IMO.

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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:03 PM

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fwiw, he's another of the rare bat R, throw L variety...
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:05 PM

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oct271986 wrote: i'm no expert on Cowgill but a quick glance at those numbers suggest that hitting the baseball with any authority is not a strength of his.  
7 EXBH in 215 PA?
I hope he can play defense really, really well.
He's a year removed from a .354/.430/.554/.984 line in AAA. Granted the PCL, but still.
Buy low move. At worst, probably a suitable platoon option.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:06 PM

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DuffyDyer wrote: fwiw, he's another of the rare bat R, throw L variety...

Noticed that - since I'm one of 'em, myself.....along with Rickey.  tongue

Rare, indeed -- and just about the opposite of any fast-tracker.  biggrin

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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:16 PM

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I would rather not have traded Marte but it's hardly the end of the world.  He has some upside and he's always been young for the level, but he's never really performed that well. I'm not going to sweat it. 

I actually like acquiring Cowgill more than I would have liked a Crisp acqusition.  Cowgill seems like a very logical platoon mate for Kirk and he's making the major league minimum.  And hopefully we have a few bucks to add Hairston and/or Ross for the corners.  We probably would have been out of money if we took on Crisp's contract.

My top OF priority is still to get rid of Duda.  We can't live with his lack of defense any longer.  Seems like a great guy- still like his swing- but his defense will never be major league quality.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:25 PM

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marte was rule 5 draft eligible but every team passed on him last week
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:26 PM

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MetsandPanic wrote: Have seen Collin play a bit out here in Oakland...Kid can play D, nice range. Solid move, IMO.
So long as he can field his position, I like the fact that his numbers look like he knows what to do when he does get on base.

Platoon him with Nieuwenhuis, since he hasn't the slightest clue what to do vs. LHP.  That's about all I'm looking for at this point, anyway.....barring a big-time acquisition that we weren't expecting.

(Doesn't appear that's going to happen, but I'm open to being shocked.  biggrin)

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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:26 PM

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After sitting out the 2007 college season with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, Cowgill hit .290 in the Cape Cod League that summer but declined to sign with the Athletics as a 29th-round pick. Arizona took him 24 rounds higher last year and signed him for $155,000. He again showed aptitude with wood bats, as he led the short-season Northwest League with 11 homers in just 20 games there before getting promoted. One team official calls Cowgill �hitterish. He combines a good approach at the plate with great bat speed, allowing him to consistently put a charge in the ball. He's a confident hitter who will wait on his pitch and crush mistakes. He's also an adept outfielder, with instincts and enough speed under way to play center field, though ultimately he'll probably be better suited to a corner. His arm is average. Cowgill has a couple of things working against him. For one he's already 22, and for another he's just 5-foot-9 and bats righthanded. Arizona brought him to instructional league to focus on cutting down his strikeouts because they'd like for him to hit first or second in the order. The main focus was improving his two-strike approach. The Diamondbacks compare him to Cody Ross for his ability to swing the bat and play anywhere in the outfield. With his age and what he has shown so far, Cowgill will get the chance to jump to Double-A out of spring training.


Cowgill missed the entire 2007 season at Kentucky with a broken hamate bone in his left hand, and he didn't play after June 14 last season because of a hamstring injury. In between, he led the Northwest League with 11 homers in just 20 games in his 2008 pro debut, and opened his first full pro season in high Class A. The Diamondbacks considered sending him to the Arizona Fall League but kept him in instructional league instead. For an undersized player, Cowgill has surprising power. He has great bat speed and takes advantage when pitchers make mistakes. One team official called Cowgill a gamer and compared him to Aaron Rowand with a better swing. Others compare him to Cody Ross. Cowgill has average speed and uses his instincts to steal bases and chase down balls in center field. His arm is solid. Already 23, Cowgill can't let injuries slow his development further. While he holds his own in center field, he ultimately projects as a right fielder. He can get overly aggressive at times and will chase pitches out of the zone, especially with two strikes. Cowgill earned the right to open 2010 in Double-A after hitting well in his two months at Visalia. On a contender, he profiles as a fourth outfielder who can provide righthanded pop and constant energy.


Arizona has few legitimate prospects who have significant playing time above the high Class A level, but Cowgill performed well for Mobile in his third professional season. He's a versatile outfielder who can play all three positions with average defense. Cowgill sports the best outfield arm in the system, combining strength with accuracy. It's his top tool and grades at 60 or better on the 20-80 scouting scale. Cowgill also is a slightly above-average runner and an instinctive basestealer. He made great strides in his approach at the plate this year, becoming more selective and working on his swing mechanics. He wraps his bat almost like Gary Sheffield and has a high finish, and he sometimes struggles against good fastball velocity. Cowgill's intangibles are off the charts. He's competitive and has a great work ethic, and scouts frequently observed him working out before games. He probably won't have enough bat for an outfield corner or enough speed to play center field every day, so Cowgill profiles better as a versatile fourth outfielder, but he's a good bet to have a major league career. He is sometimes compared to Cody Ross, primarily for the grinder mentality and the fact that both players bat right and throw left. He'll head to Triple-A this year with the chance for a callup when the need arises.


The A's drafted Cowgill in the 29th round in 2007, when he was coming off a broken hamate bone that kept him out all season at Kentucky. He decided to go back to school as a fourth-year junior and landed with the Diamondbacks, but Oakland finally grabbed him as part of the Trevor Cahill deal in December. Cowgill put together the best season of his pro career in 2011, earning Triple-A Pacific Coast League all-star recognition and a late July callup to Arizona. He filled the fourth outfielder role for the National League West champs and earned a spot on the postseason roster. Cowgill is the prototypical grinder, the kind of player every manager wants on his team. He has a big bat wrap in his approach that leaves him vulnerable to quality fastballs, and his sweepy upper-body swing leads to struggles with breaking balls too. Yet he makes consistent contact, providing line drives to go with some sneaky power and a fair amount of walks. Cowgill is an above-average runner who can steal bases, succeeding on 34 of 39 attempts last year. He's a solid to plus defender at all three outfield positions and has a strong, accurate arm. He's sometimes compared to Cody Ross for his gamer mentality and bats right/throws left profile. Cowgill may never be a big league regular but should carve out a career as a useful fourth outfielder. He'll compete for a job in the A's new-look outfield in spring
 
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:28 PM

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So, we're essentially seeing "Poor Man's Cody Ross" comparisons ------ and from what we know of the Met finances, we're certainly the poor men.

Alright, let's see where this goes.

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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:35 PM

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@McCulloughSL

The Mets outfield has a fever. And the only prescription is more Cowgill.


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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:39 PM

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I actually wouldn't put it past anyone, considering the legions of mutant Met fans out there - to see a "Cowgillman" jersey --------- following Cowbellman around Citi Field.

ohlord

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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:43 PM

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Here are some approximate OPS+s for his minor league years:

2008 A 106
2009 A+ 116
2010 AA 125
2011 AAA 135
2012 AAA 82

He spent some time back in A+ in 2012 [and <300 PA], so I assume some kind of injury might have derailed him a bit? He was about average uin his league, age-wise, each year, except for 2011 where he was 1-2 years younger than average.
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Posted: 12/18/2012 1:51 PM

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Who was traded for who-now?
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