Will Kaleb Cowart Ever be a Regular?

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Updated: February 21, 2017

Kaleb Cowart was once one of the Angels’ most prized prospects, heir apparent to third base, before his career was completely derailed. (What is it with the Angels and third base prospects, anyway? Remember Dallas McPherson? Or Brandon Wood?)Anyway, he struggled so mightily at the plate that he even briefly considered making a position switch to pitcher. He eventually got back on track, and even ended last season on the big league club.

His once lofty status as a top prospect is gone, though, and it appears that his ceiling in the majors is as a decent utility infielder. There’s nothing wrong with that; there’s a ton of value derived from that jack-of-all-trades type player, a guy who can play multiple positions well defensively. Cowart hasn’t hit at all at the major league level, though, putting up a depressing .176/.184/.259 slash line with two home runs in 131 at-bats. That just isn’t major league caliber, regardless of how good you are in the field or how many positions you can play.

There are reports that Cowart has changed his stance and is ‘feeling good,’ but you hear these kinds of stories every Spring, so it remains to be seen if it leads to any kind of production from Cowart.

Cowart will be hard pressed to find any kind of real role on the major league roster this season, as Yunel Escobar, Andrelton Simmons, and Danny Espinosa are locked into their respective infield spots, with Luis Valbuena and Cliff Pennington two seasoned, versatile, and productive utility infielders available to back up. There’s also Jefry Marte, who can hit, and hit well, although he isn’t the greatest defensive player around.

Cowart most likely will spend the majority of the season in the minors, but if he’s able to show some serious signs of progression he could find himself in contention for a spot next season.

Danny Espinosa, Yunel Escobar, and Cliff Pennington are all free agents after this season, and if Cowart can show signs of real and lasting improvement at the plate, he could carve out a role for himself on this Halos’ team. He may never find himself with a regular starting gig, but there’s still time for Cowart to develop enough to have a spot on the major league roster.



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