The LA Angels have been patiently waiting for infielder Kaleb Cowart to put his game together. He has had a handful of poor spurts in the MLB, but after lighting it up in the minors this season, he has finally been given another shot with the Halos.
The LA Angels have had a plethora of injuries this season. Recently, third baseman Yunel Escobar has been scratched from some games. This led the way for them to call up Kaleb Cowart. Cowart has been in the Angels’ organization since 2010 when he was drafted.
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The former first round pick is now 25 years old, and has yet to live up to his draft capital. In 65 career games, he owns a .176 batting average. He has walked five times while striking out 42 times. He does have eight extra base hits (two home runs and six doubles).
Cowart has been a prospect on the cusp of the big league for years now, but never could quite put it all together. However, this season in Triple-A Salt Lake, he has been tearing it up. He is hitting .315 (his highest batting average of his career at any level), has sent the ball out of the park seven times, and has scored 46 times while driving in 33 runs himself.
Cowart’s best performance came last Thursday, when he hit for the cycle in Triple-A. He went 6-for-6 with the obvious single, double, triple, and big fly. He also drove in five runs and scored five times as well.
Another part of the season that has been vital for Cowart’s future is his defense. Before this season, he was primarily a third baseman. While he has logged 44 games at third in the minors this year, he also tallied up 19 starts at second base and three more at first.
In his first game with the Halos on Sunday, Cowart went 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. He also drove in two runs and scored himself once. Cowart came up in the clutch as he blooped a ball into right field on a broken bat hit to increase the Angels lead to 4-2.