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Prospecting: Arizona’s Collin Cowgill still raking, running

When we offered all that Paul Goldschmidt propaganda two weeks ago, we neglected to also mention Collin Cowgill, another young Arizona prospect putting up ridiculous numbers in the high minors. Today, we attempt to make up for that whiff. Cowgill should be on your fantasy radar as well, especially if you're starved for speed.

In 72 games at Triple-A Reno, the 25-year-old Cowgill has hit .366/.435/.592 with 12 home runs, swiping 24 bags in 26 attempts. He's driven in 51 runs and he's somehow scored 70 already. Cowgill leads the Pacific Coast League in runs and hits, while ranking second in steals, batting average, and total bases. He's fifth in OBP, too. (The PCL is hitter-friendly, sure, so there's a stat inflation problem. But we're still talking about a category leader. That's the key detail). Cowgill isn't exactly a big dude (5-foot-9, 185), but he's shown double-digit power at every level thus far. He hit 16 homers and 34 doubles last season at Double-A Mobile, stealing 25 bases. He's walked nearly as often as he's struck out this year (35 BB, 40 K), and his OPS is currently above 1.000 against both lefties and righties.

You might recall the comments made earlier this month by Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers, when discussing call-ups:

"I wouldn't say we're at that point right now, but probably leading up to the All-Star Game, that's when we'd probably have to decide to make moves," Towers said. "I think we're always looking for ways to improve the club, and the first place we're going to look is internal.

"We want to make sure that with any of our young players, especially guys like Goldschmidt or Cowgill, when they come up, we want them to play."

Whenever Cowgill plays, it would presumably be at the expense of Gerardo Parra(notes). (Impressive fielding numbers for Parra, less impressive at the plate). Of course the Diamondbacks are now atop the N.L. West standings, so they may not be too desperate to change anything just now. Cowgill is simply a name to file away for later use.

And with that, we have set right our account with the young D-Backs. We appreciate your patience while this matter was unresolved.


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