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Is Cowart The Angel’s Answer?

The LA Angels have had a ton 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. 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).

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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.

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. I believe he could be one of the most underrated defensive players at third base if Cowart got the consistent playing time.

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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. A few days before Cowart got called up, he hit for the cycle in the minors which may have helped him get to the majors in a matter of days. But the Angels sent Cowart back down again because of players like Escobar are taking up a roster spot. I think Cowart has earned more than a two week call-up. I understand why the Angels sent down Cowart, so that he can get more consistent at bats. But I wonder if Cowart is not our best option on the infield in the big leagues and therefore, be here to stay and starting a bulk of the games either at third or first base? What do you think? Is Cowart the Angels Aswer?

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