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Thoughts on Collin Cowgill, Frank Francisco & other Mets items

Signed Collin Cowgill 2010 Topps Pro Debut baseball card from my collection
Signed Collin Cowgill 2010 Topps Pro Debut baseball card from my collection

The Mets acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Jefry Marte on Tuesday. I’ve got a vague memory of seeing him play against the Mets last year when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but I remember Cowgill more for his unusual name than his playing ability.

In very limited major league playing time, Cowgill has good numbers against left-handed pitching and he has played centerfield. That probably sets him up as a platoon partner with Kirk Nieuwenhuis next year, but I guess we’ll find out during spring training.

Marte was another Omar Minaya-era international free agent who doesn’t have a real position. He’ll probably blossom in the Oakland farm system, but we’ll never hear about it since no one ever pays any attention to the A’s unless they’re beating their favorite team.

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Mets prepare for December’s Rule 5 draft

Yesterday, the New York Mets added seven minor league players to the 40-man roster to shield them from December’s Rule 5 draft.

Reese Havens

Players are eligible to be taken in the draft if he is not on a Major League 40-man roster and:

  • signed at 19 or over as part of the 2008 draft class or earlier
  • signed at 18 or younger during 2007 or earlier.

The Mets added lefthanded pitcher Robert Carson, righthanded pitcher Jeurys Familia, infielder Wilmer Flores, infielder Reese Havens, outfielder Juan Lagares, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and outfielder Cesar Puello to the 40-man roster.

Chris Walendin‘s tpgMets blog has a list of the minor leaguers in the Mets’ system who can be selected in the draft.

Some of the more interesting names on the draft-eligible¬†list: Continue reading “Mets prepare for December’s Rule 5 draft”