Collin Cowgill
Collin Cowgill
34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Seattle Mariners
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Collin Cowgill in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Mariners in February of 2020.
Still battling for roster spot
OFSeattle Mariners  NRI
March 28, 2020
Cowgill was still battling for a roster spot when spring training was suspended, Greg Johns of reports.
The veteran, who last saw major-league regular-season action with the Indians in 2016, hit .250 (4-for-16) with one home run, one RBI and two runs across 12 Cactus League games. Cowgill appears to be battling Carlos Gonzalez for the final outfield spot, as Jarred Kelenic is expected to start the season at Double-A Arkansas and Braden Bishop has already been optioned to minor-league camp. Cowgill's best all-around big-league campaign came back in 2014 with the Angels, when he slashed .250/.330/.354 with 16 extra-base hits (10 doubles, one triple, five home runs) and 21 RBI across 106 games.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After a successful year as a platoon hitter in 2014, Cowgill never got off the ground last season, struggling before a wrist sprain near the end of May cost him three months. The Angels acquired outfield help at the trade deadline, adding David DeJesus, Shane Victorino, and David Murphy, which limited Cowgill to just eight at-bats after his return. The entire trio of platoon bats elected free agency this winter, which could open the door for Cowgill to resume a part-time role in left field, but his celling doesn't appear to be much higher than a competent plug-in against left-handed pitching, as he has a career .528 OPS against righties, and he has not tallied a strikeout rate under 25 percent in any of the last three seasons.
Cowgill broke camp with the Angels in 2014 as a reserve outfielder, but ended up playing a career-high 106 games, seeing time in the outfield as an injury replacement for Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun in April, and then as part of a right-handed platoon with Calhoun for a time upon his return. While he failed to capitalize on his role as a full-time player, he was effective against southpaws, notching a .790 OPS against them in 137 plate appearances. The 28-year-old showed a marked improvement in his walk rate in 2014 (8.9% BB%) but struck out at an unsightly 25.3% clip. While he could potentially cut into Calhoun's playing time again due to his solid performance in the platoon, it doesn't seem likely that he will have a chance as a starter in 2015, as the other two outfield spots will be occupied by Mike Trout and a presumably healthy Hamilton.
Cowgill was acquired by the Angels at the end of June after hitting just .180 in 23 games with the Mets in 2013. Initially optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake, Cowgill was able to see some time with the big club due to the rash of injuries that overtook the Angels last season. Used almost exclusively against left-handed pitchers, his numbers improved slightly, as he finished with a .644 OPS in 99 plate appearances with the Halos. Cowgill's remarkably-low walk rate (4.3%), combined with his remarkably-high strikeout rate (25.9%), make his primary role in 2014 likely to be little more than organizational depth.
Acquired in the Trevor Cahill trade during the 2011 offseason, Cowgill started 2012 with the A's, but was sent down to Sacramento in April because the team had a glut of outfielders. Cowgill had a less than exciting year for Sacramento, so he was deemed expendable in Oakland. Traded to the Mets in December, Cowgill has a clearer path to big league at-bats than he had in either of the last two seasons. It is expected that Cowgill will provide speed on the basepaths in a platoon role starting mostly against left-handed pitching if he makes it onto the 25-man roster.
Although the D-Backs didn't have an everyday role for him, Cowgill made his big league debut in 2011 and could be in position to secure the fourth outfielder role this spring. The .354/.430/.554 line should be taken with an appropriate grain of salt given that it came in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League and on the strength of an inflated .397 BABIP. Still, there are interesting tools here, and Cowgill could be a nice cheap source of stolen bases given his ability to draw walks and thieve extra bags (30-for-33) when given the green light on the basepaths. His path to playing time became clearer following his inclusion in the trade to Oakland that saw the Diamondbacks land Trevor Cahill.
In a full season at Double-A, Cowgill held his own and actually turned in his best professional season at age 24. Not only did he show ample skills across the board with the bat, Cowgill also converted 25-of-34 stolen-base attempts. The concerns here can be tied to his lefty-righty splits as he hit .269/.338/.460 against right-handers and .322/.411/.474 against the southpaws. The future path in the big leagues may be that of a fourth outfielder, but Cowgill has drawn comparisons to Cody Ross and his combination of power, speed and ability to play all three outfield spots. Look for Cowgill to start 2011 at Triple-A Reno with an eye toward getting his first taste of Arizona at some point during the second half of the season.
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Invited to Mariners' camp
OFSeattle Mariners  NRI
February 15, 2020
Cowgill signed a minor-league contract with the Mariners on Saturday as a non-roster invitee, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
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Inks NRI agreement with Phillies
OFPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
February 8, 2018
Cowgill signed a minor-league deal with Philadelphia on Thursday that includes an invitation to spring training, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reports.
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Returns from rib injury
OFSan Diego Padres  NRI
March 26, 2017
Cowgill (rib) went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the Padres' Cactus League game against the Giants on Saturday.
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Scratched from lineup Saturday
OFSan Diego Padres  NRI
March 11, 2017
Cowgill was scratched from Saturday's lineup with rib cage tightness.
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Signs with Padres
OFSan Diego Padres  NRI
February 8, 2017
Cowgill signed a minor league contract with the Padres on Tuesday, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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