PROSPECT WATCH: COLLIN COWGILL

OF Collin Cowgill was a fifth-round draft pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks out of the University of Kentucky in 2008. As he entered his fourth professional season, Cowgill was tabbed by Baseball America as Arizona’s 18th-ranked prospect and their writeup indicated a future as a fourth outfielder, despite many positives in the intangibles column.

This season, at Triple-A Reno, Cowgill has busted out in big way at the plate. Following seasons of .249/.346/.358 (loA, 201 AB), .277/.373/.445 (highA, 220 AB) and .285/.360/.464 (AA, 502 AB), Cowgill has been a beast at the plate for Reno. To the tune of a 1.015 OPS.

Cowgill has a plus arm and can play all three outfield positions. He has earned high marks for his work ethic and his drive to get better. His manager at Reno, Brett Butler, speaks highly of Cowgill and where he fits in with the team of players who are all older than his 25 years.

But near the midpoint of the PCL season, that bat is the story. Cowgill is up among the top of the PCL leaderboards in nearly all important offensive categories. His .363 batting average is third in the league while his 12 HRs are just four short of his season total for last year in AA. And when the PCL all-stars were announced this week, Cowgill was the top vote-getter.

Baseball America said in their pre-season synapses of Cowgill that he would have a chance for a callup to the Diamondbacks when the need arises. To this point in the 2011 season, Cowgill is making a pretty loud case for himself.

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