The LA Angels have not been able to find a suitable replacement at second base ever since trading Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers. That was until Kaleb Cowart was called up last month, in what looks like a franchise changing move.
The LA Angels have seemingly been bringing up Kaleb Cowart for short stints for the past decade. However, before 2017, he had never performed well enough to stay up. But now, Cowart is showing everyone he is not just a fill in, but a franchise player.
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No, he is not a Mike Trout or Andrelton Simmons. Those two players are the future of the Angels franchise and should be deemed untouchable. However, Cowart is putting himself on the same level as Kole Calhoun, the kind of guys who will do anything to win, and turn postseason berths into World Series Championships.
Cowart has been amongst the Angels best hitters since his call up. In his eight games since, Cowart is hitting .423 with a slugging percentage of .692. He has eight runs and eight RBI’s. Of his 11 hits, four have gone for extra bases (two doubles, a triple, and one dinger).
Cowart has been solid on defense aside from an error he made on Wednesday trying to flip a ball to first from his glove. He has the arm to play third base and have exceptional range for a second baseman.
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Since being called up, the Angels are 4-2 in games where Cowart crosses the plate. They are also 2-0 when he drives in a run. Being a switch hitter has definitely benefitted Cowart, allowing him to play in every game as he cancels out unfavorable matchups. Cowart also has an excellent approach at the plate, consistently hitting hard line drives.
Cowart has proven he belongs with the big league club for the rest of the season. He has taken his shot as the everyday second baseman and run with it. At just 25 years old, Cowart is under club control through 2022, and Angel fans can bet they’ll be seeing a lot of him for years to come.