In 2010, the Angels spent their first-round draft pick on a talented Georgia-high school product by the name of Kaleb Cowart. A switch-hitting third baseman, Cowart performed as expected in the lower levels of the minor leagues, but his production fell off dramatically after a promotion to Double-A in 2013.
After two rough years at that level, Cowart was demoted back down to High-A Inland Empire, which is when he altered his swing and improved his results. And when a vacancy at the hot corner opened in Triple-A Salt Lake, the Angels called upon Cowart.
He proceeded to post the best numbers of his professional career in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League, resulting in his first major league call-up in the second half of 2015. But he was overmatched by big-league pitching, posting a miserable .174/.255/.283 line in 52 plate appearances.
In 2016, he again produced in Triple-A, but when he earned another call to the majors, he was even worse than the year prior; he hit just .176 with a .446 OPS and failed to draw a single walk in 87 plate appearances.
But with the Angels searching for production from the second base position, Cowart was given a chance at a new position this year, and he’s made the most of the opportunity. Continue reading at Halos Heaven.