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Christopher B. Coghlan

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Chris Coghlan was selected by the Florida Marlins in the 1st round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Mark Willoughby and made his pro debut that summer, playing 2 games with the GCL Marlins before moving on to the Jamestown Jammers, where he hit .298 in 28 games. He was a third baseman at the time.

In the 2007 Futures Game, Coghlan hit 8th and played second base for the USA. He went 0 for 1 with a walk and the game's only error, a miscue on the first batter of the game that put Michael Saunders aboard; Saunders would score the first run in the World's 7-2 win.

Coghlan made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2009. By then he was an outfielder, and it was playing left field that he won the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year Award. He hit .321 in 128 games that first season, with 31 doubles, 6 triples and 9 homers and scored 84 runs. He has started the year hitting .344 at AAA New Orleans before putting up an OPS+ of 122 in the majors, so the Marlins were understandably excited about his future. His next two seasons were shortened by injuries however. In 2010, he played 91 games, hitting .268, and in 2011, he was down to 65 games and a paltry .230 average. His OBP was on the same sharp downward slope, going from an excellent .390 as a rookie, to .335 his second year and then a terrible .296 in his third season, a very preoccupying development for a player whose only power is of the doubles variety.

[edit] Notable Achievements

NL Rookie of the Year
2008 2009 2010
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