Can Kaleb Cowart Become An Everyday Player?

Updated: February 14, 2017

The Angels drafted infielder Kaleb Cowart in the 1st round of the 2010 amateur draft. Cowart has only played 65 MLB games since his debut in 2015. Could he become an everyday player with the Halos?

Angels fans are patiently waiting for infielder Kaleb Cowart to turn into an everyday player. Once a top prospect in the Angels farm system, now he’s struggling to find a role with the Major League club. Cowart is hitting .176/.184/.259 with two home runs and 12 RBI in two stints with the Angels.

Clearly not what the Angels expected when they drafted him 18th overall in 2010. The switch-hitting infielder is only 24 years old, but needs to show improvement in 2017. Cowart played well in Triple-A, but failed to translate it to the Major Leagues.

The Angels currently have veteran third baseman Yunel Escobar. After a strong 2016 campaign Escobar will head into Opening Day as the Halos starter at third. The 34-year-old Cuban-native is heading into his final year of his contract. The Angels will most likely seek another solution for third base after 2017.

Ideally the Angels want Cowart to be able to take over for Escobar at third. Cowart has performed horrendously in two stints with the Halos. To be fair he has yet to see 150 plate appearances in the Major Leagues. 2017 could be the year the Angels decide to give Cowart more playing time.

The Angels have not seen exactly what Cowart is capable of yet. There is still a strong possibility that Cowart becomes a successful Major League player. That can only happen if he’s given a fair amount of playing time. Expect Cowart to see more at bats with the Halos this season, and hopefully finds success.


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