Originally posted on Around Citi  |  Last updated 6/19/13
The New York Mets acquired Collin Cowgill on December 18th, 2012 from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for farmhand Jefry Marte. He was designated for assignment after the New York Mets’ victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night. The Kentucky native was acquired to breathe life into an ominous outfield situation that saw several open competitions in spring training. Ultimately, Cowgill’s hard work and gritty style of play earned him the distinction of being the club’s opening day center fielder. He was given all of 12 plate appearances before being denied further opportunities. Cowgill was demoted to Las Vegas after 52 plate appearances and an abysmal .157/.173/.294 slash. To anoint that he was extremely successful in the role would be a blind assertion, but to assert that he was never given a fair chance would be correct. In lieu of Ike Davis slumping through a .161/.242/.258 clip through 200 plate appearances and Jordany Valdespin posting a .163/.217/.186 clip over his last 46
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