Published on June 25th, 2013 | by Josh Chapdelaine0
Cowgill Shipped to Los Angeles for Johnson
According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, The New York Mets have traded OF Collin Cowgill to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league OF Kyle Johnson. Cowgill was acquired last December from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for third baseman Jefry Marte and was appointed the club’s opening day center fielder this year, but never got a prolonged opportunity to play despite an impressive spring performance.
The 27-year-old Cowgill received all of 63 plate appearances with the club and was rotated in-and-out of the starting lineup. Kyle Johnson, a 2012 25th-round draft selection out of Washington State University, hit .310/.414/.424 in nearly 300 plate appearances with low-A Burlington this year. The 23-year-old is considered old for his level and therefore his results should be taken with a grain of salt. Johnson has high upside despite his age and has showcased his blazing speed this year, stealing 30 bases in 34 attempts.
Cowgill had been in limbo for a week after being designated for assignment after last Tuesday’s twin bill against the Atlanta Braves.
Ultimately, the Mets shipped off a player they had sought to give a prolonged look in major league action and never committed the proper time to doing so. Cowgill’s tenure with the New York Mets will likely be one shrouded in humor, but perhaps the Mets believed that his potential could be better served in another organization.
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