Cowart agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
After working primarily as an infielder since being drafted by the Angels in 2010, Cowart dabbled as a two-way player in 2019, but his pitching results were nothing to write home about, as he compiled a 10.19 ERA and 2.32 WHIP across 17.2 innings between two minor-league stops. Expect the 27-year-old to turn his focus to a utility role in 2020 as he moves on to a new organization. Since he boasts 171 games' worth of MLB experience, Cowart should get an invite to the Yankees' big-league camp, but he'll most likely be headed to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when spring training concludes.
Cowart elected free agency rather than accepting an assignment to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.
Cowart appeared in just nine games at the big-league level in 2019, spending most of the season in the minors working on becoming a two-way player. There's little evidence that the pitching side of things is working, however, as he recorded a 10.19 ERA and a 16:15 K:BB in 17.2 innings in the upper minors.
Cowart is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Astros, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Cowart had started at either third or second base in each of the past five games, going 3-for-17 with three doubles during that stretch. Though he'll be out of the lineup for the series finale, Cowart could still see work as a pinch hitter or make his first MLB appearance as a pitcher.
Cowart could be called upon to pitch in lopsided games, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Cowart was added to the 40-man roster Wednesday and entered in the ninth inning against the Yankees as a defensive replacement at third base. Though he's likely to be used almost exclusively as a position player, Cowart's experience pitching in the minors this season gives the Angels the option of putting him on the mound in potential blowout games in order to preserve the arms of their usual relief corps. Cowart hit .276 with nine homers in the minors this season while posting a 10.19 ERA in 17 appearances as a relief pitcher.
Cowart has been selected to the Angels' 40-man roster, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Cowart was called up prior to Wednesday's game against the Yankees and listed on the lineup card as a position player, per Lindsey Adler of The Athletic. Cowart last played in the majors in 2018, when he hit .134 in 112 at-bats with the Angels. He has been experimenting with transitioning to a two-way player in the minors in 2019, though the results have been less than promising as he posted a 10.19 ERA and 2.32 WHIP with a 16:15 K:BB in 17.2 innings. Luis Rengifo (hand) was placed on the 60-day IL in a corresponding move.
Cowart cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday.
Cowart remains more interesting for his status as a two-way project than for anything he's actually done on the field, as he's hit just .177/.241/.293 in 162 career games. He'll continue to work as a two-way player in the minors but has a ways to go before he's a weapon on either side of the ball.
Cowart went 1-for-2 with a grand slam Monday against the White Sox.
Cowart collected his first hit of the spring and it turned out to be a big one. He sent a ball over the fence in right field during the fourth inning to give the Angels a 6-2 lead. Although the two-way player is reportedly focusing on pitching during camp, he put on a display of power at the dish Monday.
Cowart's primary focus this spring will remain on the pitching side now that he's back with the Angels, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Cowart was first listed as a two-way player by the Mariners, who claimed him off waivers from the Angels in December. He's since passed through the Tigers and back to the Angels, who will keep the same plan. The fact that he's focusing on pitching this spring could indicate that he'll be primarily a pitcher in 2019, though it's more likely that he simply needs more work pitching than hitting due to his inexperience on the mound.
Cowart was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Saturday.
Cowart had spent the entirety of his professional career with the Angels but spent time with Seattle and Detroit over the offseason. He's been working to prepare for a two-way role and was focusing mainly on pitching with the Tigers, though it remains to be seen how the Angels will deploy him. JC Ramirez (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list in a corresponding move.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday that he plans on using Cowart primarily as a pitcher during spring training, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. "We want him to get more involved in the pitching part of it right now," Gardenhire said. "We know what he can do defensively."
When Detroit claimed Cowart off waivers in late January, it was expected that he would report to camp in preparation for a two-way role. That still looked to be the plan when Cowart took part in all infield drills Monday, but Gardenhire instead decided he wanted to get a longer look at the 26-year-old on the mound. Given that Cowart primarily played the infield along with some spot duty in the corner outfield since turning pro in 2010, it makes sense for the Tigers to use the spring to see if deploying him as a two-way player is even a feasible plan. Coming out of high school, Cowart sported a fastball that sat around 92-to-95 miles per hour, so he'll at least have a good foundation with which to start from.
Cowart was claimed off waivers by the Tigers on Thursday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
Cowart has yet to put it together at the highest level, evidenced by his career .177/.241/.293 slash line across parts of four major-league seasons (162 games). The utility man will need to improve at the dish if he wants to stick with the rebuilding Tigers. According to McCosky, it sounds like Cowart will get a chance to continue his development as a two-way player with Detroit.
Cowart was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Monday.
Cowart, who owns a career .177/.241/.293 slash line across parts of four big-league seasons, was dropped from Seattle's 40-man roster in order to free up a spot for prospect Shed Long, who was acquired in a three-team trade Monday. He'll take a spin through waivers for the second time this offseason.
Cowart was claimed off waivers by the Mariners on Monday.
A first-round pick back in 2010, Cowart has hit a miserable .177/.241/.293 in 162 major-league games over parts of four seasons with the Angels. His versatility is interesting, as he appeared at all four infield positions as well as left field last season, but he's yet to hit well enough to deserve a roster spot even as a utility man. The rebuilding Mariners have at-bats available, but Cowart has shown very little reason to believe that he'll seize the opportunity and suddenly become a significant fantasy asset. Cowart will get the chance to try to be a two-way player, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports, which could theoretically make him interesting in some leagues, but the odds of an effective performance on either side of the ball are low.
Cowart will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the Athletics, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Due to the trade of Ian Kinsler and season-ending injuries to Zack Cozart (shoulder) and David Fletcher (hamstring), Cowart closed out the 2018 campaign with an everyday infield role. Cowart will pick up his 12th straight start Sunday, but he failed to do much over the previous 11 contests, going 6-for-36 (.167) at the dish.
Cowart went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, a triple, five RBI and a strikeout in Tuesday's win over the Athletics.
Cowart gave the Angels a 7-4 lead in the sixth inning after mashing a grand slam -- his first long ball of the season -- then later helped break it open on an RBI triple in the eighth. Despite the big day, Cowart is hitting just .143 on the season and will see only sporadic at-bats over the final couple weeks.
Manager Mike Scioscia announced Cowart will serve a backup utility role following the promotion of Jose Miguel Fernandez, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Cowart appeared to have gained a path to playing time at first base after Albert Pujols (knee) was shut down for the year, but Fernandez's promotion will push the utility man back to the bench. Cowart was slashing a meager .131/.232/.213 over 69 plate appearances this season, so the move shouldn't come as much of a surprise to fantasy owners.
Cowart started at first base and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Thursday's win over Houston.
Albert Pujols (knee) has been shut down for the rest of the season, so Cowart made the first start in his place against a right-handed starter. Jefry Marte figures to start over Cowart against southpaws, but neither player has performed well enough offensively to warrant fantasy consideration. Jose Miguel Fernandez -- the Halos' only first-base option on the 40-man roster -- figures to enter the mix as well once rosters expand Sept. 1.
Cowart is out of the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
Cowart's run of regular playing time came to an end Friday, when the Angels reinstated Mike Trout from the disabled list. Trout's return has pushed Eric Young Jr. over to left field, resulting in Cowart sticking on the bench for the third game in a row. Unless the Angels lose one of their regulars to an injury, Cowart seems set to serve in a utility role going forward.
Cowart went 1-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Arizona.
Justin Upton (finger) was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, and Cowart has started in left field in both games Upton has been sidelined for thus far. The Angels called up Jabari Blash in a corresponding move and a potential platoon situation could develop in left, with Cowart figuring to occupy on the strong side of the time split. That said, the 26-year-old is slashing just .151/.250/.245 over 60 major-league plate appearances this year, so he will have to pick things up quickly to avoid a dip in playing time.
Cowart is not in the lineup Monday against the Padres.
Cowart is hitting just .152/.300/.242 in 11 starts since rejoining the big club at the end of July, so he'll retreat to the bench to clear his head as Jefry Marte picks up a start at the hot corner in his place. Prospect Taylor Ward was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday, so Cowart could be in jeopardy of losing playing time if he doesn't pick it up at the dish.
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|2012||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||69||263||48||68||15||4||7||49||45||67||5||3||.259||.366||.426|
|2015||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||62||220||35||71||13||3||6||45||29||64||2||1||.323||.395||.491|
|2015||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||51||194||32||47||14||4||2||23||22||43||10||2||.242||.326||.387|
|2017||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||90||367||65||114||25||1||12||57||44||73||19||5||.311||.383||.482|
|2018||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||64||258||36||74||20||3||6||45||18||52||8||1||.287||.333||.457|
|2019||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||74||287||42||83||15||4||8||60||25||55||3||4||.289||.345||.453|