Salt Lake City, Utah —— Entering play on Monday, Los Angeles Angels infielder Kaleb Cowart is slashing .313/.392/.427/.818 for the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees with 12 doubles, 12 stolen bases, and four home runs against 45 strikeouts over 211 at-bats in 2017. I’ve observed the Los Angeles Angels’ former first round (2010) pick several times already throughout 2017; below is Baseball Census‘ full report on Kaleb Cowart, including several videos.
Kaleb Cowart Scouting Report — Video
Our first video of Los Angels Angels’ third baseman Kaleb Cowart comes from an April series against the Sacramento River Cats:
And our second Kaleb Cowart video comes from a May series against the El Paso Chihuahuas:
Kaleb Cowart Scouting Report — Offense
Kaleb Cowart’s 6’3″, 225 lb. body suggests he should have more power, but he’s a contact hitter with gap power at this point in his career. Cowart is a switch hitter makes him more valuable at the plate, and holds a patient approach. Career numbers say he’s better hitting left handed, although this year he’s hitting significantly better right handed (.764 OPS as a lefty vs .892 OPS as a righty entering play in June). We’ll know more about that as his at-bat sample increases, but if he can balance out both sides, his switch hitting tool will be huge.
Kaleb Cowart Scouting Report — Defense
Kaleb Cowart used to be a primary third baseman, but now he’s a very versatile infielder. Just this year already in Salt Lake, he’s played third, second, and first base, and his strong arm allows him to play the left side of the infield easily, though his range is ultimately somewhat limited due to his size and average footwork. He’s very strong defensively with his glove, though, and soft hands will give him the ability to add more positions to his skill set and in turn only make him more valuable. Cowart has slightly average speed on the bases and on the field, though it plays up a little bit considering it’s somewhat unexpected for his size.
There’s no question he’s a talented player in Triple-A but Cowart’s bat has struggled in 139 MLB PAs with the Los Angeles Angels over last two years. His defensive versatility might be what brings him back to the majors and gives him an opportunity for more consistent at bats in a bid to learn MLB pitching.
In this Los Angeles Angels Kaleb Cowart scouting report: