Chris Coghlan

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Christopher B. Coghlan

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Biographical Information[edit]

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. he hit his nadir in 2012, with the re-named Miami Marlins, hitting a mere .140 in 39 games.

Coghlan began bouncing back with Miami in 2013, as he played 70 games and hit .256. It was still a fair ways away from his rookie production, but had least he stopped the free-fall of the previous few years. In 2014, he changed organizations, signing as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs. Maybe the change of landscape was what he had needed all along, but he did play 125 games and hit .283 with 28 doubles, 5 triples and 9 homers as the team's main left fielder. His OPS+ was 122, matching the total of his rookie year and he scored 50 runs while driving in 41. In 2015, the Cubs became very good all of a sudden under new manager Joe Maddon. He played a career-high 148 games that season, hitting .250 but with solid power numbers: 25 doubles, 6 triples and 16 homers. He scored 64 runs and drove in 81. His OPS+ was 113. Although the team's most-used left fielder during the season, he was squeezed out by Maddon's desire to put rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber in the line-up, and as a result did not play in the Wild Card Game and only got 5 at-bats in the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. He then went 0 for 7 as the Cubs were swept by the New York Mets in the NLCS.

Chris's difficulty with finding playing time for the Cubs in the 2015 postseason were a sign of things to come. When the Cubs finally re-signed OF Dexter Fowler after a drawn-out saga at the start of spring training in 2016, it made him superfluous and the very same day, February 25th, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics in return for P Aaron Brooks. He hit only .146 in 51 games for Oakland in 2016, then on June 9th, was traded back to the Cubs in return for Arismendy Alcantara. He found his hitting stroke again with Chicago, as he hit .252 in 48 games and was on the postseason roster as the team won its first World Series since 1908. He went 0 for 7 in the postseason, with a run scored. he then signed with the Philadelphia Phillies for 2017 but was released at the end of spring training. But once again, he managed to land on his feet, as he was picked up by the Toronto Blue Jays, and after only a few games in AAA, was called up on April 14th when Josh Donaldson went on the disabled list. On April 25th, he made all the highlight reels with a spectacular play as he leaped clean over catcher Yadier Molina of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was reaching down to field a throw, then landed with his hand touching the plate and executed a somersault to complete the circus move. It allowed him to score a key run in the 7th inning of a game the Jays went on to win, 7-6, in 11 innings.

Notable Achievements[edit]

NL Rookie of the Year
2008 2009 2010
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