Kaleb Cowart
Kaleb Cowart
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Seattle Mariners
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Cowart is a glove-first infielder who has not yet shown an ability to handle major-league pitching. He has a .177/.241/.293 slash line in nearly 400 major-league appearances while he has hit much better than that in repeated years playing in hitter-friendly Salt Lake. His fantasy value could come on the basepaths as he has swiped 45 bases over the past three seasons in Triple-A, but he first has to demonstrate he can reach first base in the majors. He can accept a walk, but that has been his most favorable outcome because he has struggled mightily to make quality contact at the plate. Read Past Outlooks
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$Claimed off waivers by the Mariners in December of 2018.
Designated for assignment
3BSeattle Mariners  AAA
January 21, 2019
Cowart was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Monday.
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Cowart, who owns a career .177/.241/.293 slash line across parts of four big-league seasons, was dropped from Seattle's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for prospect Shed Long, who was acquired in a three-team trade Monday. He'll take a spin through waivers for the second time this offseason.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+102%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+87%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .493 65 7 0 3 0 .180 .231 .262
Since 2016vs Right .544 263 26 5 26 5 .176 .241 .303
2018vs Left .438 29 2 0 1 0 .115 .207 .231
2018vs Right .455 95 5 1 9 1 .140 .211 .244
2017vs Left .377 19 2 0 2 0 .167 .211 .167
2017vs Right .762 98 16 3 9 4 .238 .333 .429
2016vs Left .706 17 3 0 0 0 .294 .294 .412
2016vs Right .378 70 5 1 8 0 .147 .157 .221
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+21%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+144%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .482 162 16 2 14 2 .156 .224 .259
Since 2016Away .583 166 17 3 15 3 .197 .255 .329
2018Home .519 58 5 0 4 0 .160 .259 .260
2018Away .392 66 2 1 6 1 .113 .167 .226
2017Home .603 64 8 2 6 2 .193 .270 .333
2017Away .810 53 10 1 5 2 .267 .365 .444
2016Home .250 40 3 0 4 0 .100 .100 .150
2016Away .611 47 5 1 4 0 .244 .255 .356
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How does Kaleb Cowart compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.23
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
35.5%
 
BABIP
.206
 
ISO
.107
 
AVG
.134
 
OBP
.210
 
SLG
.241
 
OPS
.451
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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For the third straight year, Cowart opened the season with Triple-A Salt Lake before earning a promotion to the bigs for the stretch run. While the 2010 first-round pick showed improvements from his previous two major-league stints (.176/.210/.267 across 65 games in 2015 and 2016), he still finished the season with an unremarkable .225/.313/.382 line across 50 games. His strikeout rate was once again problematic, coming in over 20 percent (23.9) for a third straight year, though he did manage to post a respectable 8.5 percent walk rate after drawing no free passes in 2016. He's still just 25 years old, but Cowart is seemingly running out of time to prove he can produce at the highest level. With Ian Kinsler set to serve as the Angels' everyday second baseman, Cowart will likely be ticketed for Triple-A or a utility role to open 2018.
The "bust" label has been following Cowart over the past few years, and the infielder did little to shed that tag during the 2016 season. He began the year with Triple-A Salt Lake, and although his numbers were decent, his .280/.340/.452 slash line certainly didn't jump off the page quite like his 2015 numbers did. Despite the modest production, the switch-hitter got another cup of coffee with the big league club, but the results were largely the same: low batting average, tons of strikeouts and almost no power to speak of. Cowart is only 24 years old, so there is still a bit of potential for development. However, the window of opportunity is closing, as the Angels may not be as patient with Cowart going forward if his bat doesn't translate to the majors.
It was an incredibly long road for Cowart to reach the big leagues, but in 2015 he finally arrived after a strong showing in 62 games at Triple-A. A first-round pick back in 2010, Cowart carried the “bust” label with him for each of the past couple seasons, but after slashing .323/.395/.491 with six homers in 253 plate appearances in the Pacific Coast League, he finally started to resemble a major leaguer. He is probably a better defensive option at third than Kyle Kubitza, but Kubitza may have the offensive edge, though that debate largely became moot for 2016 when the team acquired Yunel Escobar from Washington. Cowart does not have the offensive ceiling to warrant ownership in most mixed formats even if he were to eventually work into regular playing time.
It wasn't long ago that Cowart was looked at as the third baseman of the future in the Angels' organization, but the 22-year-old had his second consecutive disastrous year at Double-A Arkansas in 2014, as he tallied a .223/.295/.324 batting line in 487 plate appearances. While he improved his walk rate last season, the raw power Cowart has shown in the past continued to elude him (.101 ISO), and his strikeout rate stayed above 20.0% for the third consecutive year. He still has time to develop, but the organization may not want to wait that long. A two-way player in high school, there has been some consideration to move him to the mound in order to utilize his strong arm. In any case, Cowart's emergence as a major leaguer in 2015 appears to be unlikely, and he may be at a crossroads in his career.
Cowart began the 2013 season widely regarded as one of the top prospects in the Angels' minor league system, but he struggled after being promoted to Double-A Arkansas at the beginning of the season, slugging just .301 on the year. This may be seen as something of a setback for the highly-touted third baseman, as he slugged .452 between Low-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Inland Empire in 2012. Before the disappointing season, there were talks of Cowart breaking into the major leagues as early as 2014, but that goal is not likely to be reached at this point, as he will likely begin 2014 back in Double-A. Despite his recent shortcomings, however, he is probably still seen as the third baseman of the future within the system, but the Angels bought him additional development time with the acquisition of David Freese in November.
Cowart, the 18th pick in the 2010 draft, put up a .276/.358/.452 line across two levels (Low-A and High-A) last season, and made 16 errors in 125 games at the hot corner after compiling 16 errors in only 66 games of rookie league play during the 2011 season. Cowart has enough plate discipline and raw power to stick at the hot corner if he can continue to make strides defensively, and he's one of the better prospects in the Angels' organization. He should make it to Double-A before the end of the season if he doesn't start the year there, but is still probably at least two years away from making an impact in the majors.
Cowart held his own in his first professional season, posting a .283/.345/.420 line in 72 games with Orem in the rookie league. He socked seven home runs knocked in 40 runs, but he also made 16 errors at third base. Cowart will have to pick up the power and defense a bit to stick at third base, but the 2010 first-rounder - who will not turn 20 until this summer - is one of the Angels' better prospects.
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Headed to Seattle
3BSeattle Mariners  AAA
December 10, 2018
Cowart was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Monday.
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Wraps up season with full-time role
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 30, 2018
Cowart will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Athletics, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Hits grand slam, drives in five
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 19, 2018
Cowart went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, a triple, five RBI and a strikeout in Tuesday's win over the Athletics.
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Falls back into utility role
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
September 2, 2018
Manager Mike Scioscia announced Cowart will serve a backup utility role following the promotion of Jose Miguel Fernandez, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Takes over at first base
3BLos Angeles Angels  AAA
August 31, 2018
Cowart started at first base and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's win over Houston.
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