Kaleb Bryant Cowart
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Cook County High School
- Debut August 18, 2015
Kaleb Cowart was a first-round pick in the 2010 amateur draft.
Cowart was a power-hitting third baseman in high school who hit 97 mph on the radar gun when he toed the hill. Most scouts were projecting him as a pitcher going into the 2010 draft, though he wanted to focus on hitting. He went 18th overall, to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, as compensation for the loss of Chone Figgins to free agency. The scout was Chris McAlpin. He went 5 for 26 with a walk and a homer for the 2010 AZL Angels and Orem Owlz in his pro debut.
After being called up by the Angels to make his major league debut on August 18, 2015, Kaleb started his big league career 0 for 14. His first hit was a home run off Marco Estrada of the Toronto Blue Jays on August 22nd. He hit .174 in 34 games that season, the first of a string of years in which he failed to establish himself, from 2015 to 2018. He played between 31 and 50 games each year, failed to break the Mendoza Line during three of these, and hit just .225 the other one (in 2017). It was clear that he was unlikely to become a major league regular at any point, so after the 2018 season, the Angels placed him on waivers. He was quickly picked up by the Seattle Mariners, who said that they would be looking to try him out as a two-way player. He had never pitched professionally, but Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto was very familiar with Kaleb as he was the GM of of the Angels during his first few seasons as a pro, and had always considered him to be a top-rank prospect as a pitcher and not just as an infielder. Given he had no minor league options remaining, he would have to make the team as a super utility player and learn to pitch on the job, as it were.