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Collin Brannen Cowgill

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Outfielder Collin Cowgill was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and scout Matt Haas as the fifth round pick in the 2008 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the club in 2011, going 0 for 8 in his first two major league games. After a rough start to his big league career - he was hitting just .137 in 22 games at the time - he hit his first major league homer against Cory Luebke of the San Diego Padres at home on August 28th. That monkey off his back, he went on to have a four-hit game, also including his first career double, to bring his average into more respectable territory. He finished his first major league season with a batting line of .239/.300/.304 in 36 games. In his only postseason at-bat in the NLDS, he hit a key two-run single off Randy Wolf of the Milwaukee Brewers while pinch-hitting for Joe Saunders in Game 4, which the D-Backs went on to win, 10-6. After the season, he was included in a December 9 trade with the Oakland Athletics in which Ps Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow maded their way to Arizona, while Collin, Jarrod Parker and Ryan Cook went to Oakland.

Cowgill played 38 games for Oakland in 2012, hitting .269 with 1 homer and 9 RBI. He did not play in the postseason that year, even though the Athletics won a surprising division title, as he had spent a good chunk of the season in AAA with the Sacramento River Cats. In the Pacific Coast League he hit .254 in 61 games, with 4 homers and 37 RBI, also playing two games with the Class A Stockton Ports of the California League. After the season, on December 18th, he was traded to the New York Mets for Jefry Marte. He won the job as the Mets' 2013 centerfielder in spring training, and was the team's leadoff hitter on Opening Day on April 1st against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. In storybook fashion, he doubled and scored in the 2nd and hit his first career grand slam off Brad Brach in the 7th as the Mets defeated the Padres, 11-2. However, he could not keep it up, and saw his playing time shrink accordingly. By mid-June, he was hitting only .173 in 21 games, having obtained only 52 at-bats. On June 18th, he was designated for assignment when the Mets acquired Eric Young Jr. from the Colorado Rockies. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in return for minor leaguer Kyle Johnson. He played 50 games for the Angels, but only got 91 at-bats, hitting .231 with 2 homers and 8 RBI.

In 2014, he was in competition in spring training with J.B. Shuck, who was coming off a solid rookie season, to be the Angels' fourth outfielder. He managed to win that competition to start the year with the team.

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