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Kaleb Cowart: A Top Prospect On The Field And In The Woods


The Angels are hoping that prospect Kaleb Cowart will provide the fire power the Halos have been in need of since the days of Troy Glaus. Meanwhile, the deer of North Dakota would prefer if Cowart took his fire power elsewhere. See, Cowart is also an avid hunter and I’m cleverly using “fire power” to mean both slugging percentage and rifle bullet thingies because I’m a master wordsmith.

Cowart was drafted out of high school in 2010 as a two-way player. After ditching pitching and signing with the Angels instead of Florida State, the Georgia native is making strides to be a big league third bagger. He hit 16 home runs and .276/.358/.452 splitting time between A-ball Cedar Rapids and High-A Inland Empire in 2012 as a 20-year-old. The youngster will likely open 2013 in Double-A as the Angels top prospect. Of course, Cowart had a little help in the prospect rankings when Jerry Dipoto gutted the system of Jean Segura and Johnny Hellweg in the Zack Greinke deal.

Cowart struggled a bit in the Arizona Fall League mustering a .200/.265/.283 line in the SSS 65 plate appearances but even Mike Trout was tired before the AFL last year. Cowart only blasted one home run in the fall but hopes to do more damage in the woods. By hunting deer. With guns. That was a call back to the earlier wordplay. All right, let’s go to the block quote from this Mark Whicker article from the OC Register

"“I hunt everything,” he said. “Mainly I like to deer hunt. I’m passionate about it. And it started Sept. 8. I got to go home about three weeks before the Fall League so I did some of it. But it goes on until Dec. 2. Then duck hunting comes right behind that, starting Nov. 25.“I’ve gotten an 8-point buck before, but not any real big deer. Hopefully I will this year. We take a hunting trip to North Dakota every winter.”"

Also worth noting from this article are the opening two sentences…

"MESA, Ariz. – Deer, coyotes, doves and other wary wildlife in deep south Georgia were visibly upset to hear the Arizona Fall League finally ended.It meant the boots of Caleb Cowart would soon be on the ground."

Whicker misspelled “Kaleb” as “Caleb” in his only chance to use Cowart’s first and last name. Meh. Blame in on the editor, they love that.

As for Cowart, I don’t understand the appeal of hunting but good for him if that’s what helps him relax and blowoff steam (or duck heads). Moving to Double-A in 2013 will be a big step in his development. It would be nice if his head is clear and not full of murderous rage or stress.

*Standard hunting warning for all baseball players applies* Do not attempt to carry your own deer meat up stairs. You will fall and break your collar bone.