Colin Cowgill will play hard, get on base and score runs

Collin Cowgill 3 polaroidThis Spring, Mets OF Collin Cowgill has 3 hits in 5 at bats with 2 stolen bases and 1 scored.

The Mets acquired Cowgill in December in a trade sending 3B prospect Jefry Marte to Oakland.

Cowgill was a guest on WFAN yesterday, and said:

“I show up ready to play. I try to play hard, get on base and score runs and help this team win as much as I can any way I can. … I try my hardest to win. … We have good players out there and it’s very competitive. What we lack on paper, we’re a team that’s gonna hustle. … People can say what they want, but we’re gonna show up to play every day, we’re gonna compete harder than any other team out there and we’re gonna try our best to win games.”

He said he knows from his time with the A’s last season and the D-Backs in 2011 (both of whom were predicted to finish last, but ended up in the playoffs) that anything is possible.

“You can tell from the atmosphere and chemistry that this is a team that wants to win,” he said of this year’s Mets.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I like how this guy is coming across. But, for every Lenny Dykstra there are dozens of Chris ‘the Animal’ Carters. Also, it’s just five at bats. I’m ready to celebrate a new Cult Hero, don’t get me wrong… but, for now, color me just intrigued and hopeful, and let’s leave it at that…

Right now, I’d say this team’s outfield will be Lucas Duda in left field; Cowgill and Kirk Nieuwenhuis in center; and Marlon Byrd and Mike Baxter in right. This is far from an All-Star squad, but it’s better than last year’s group. Also, it’s just slightly worse (in terms of probable production) than the Giants, who won a World Series last season. I still contend that this outfield will be more than fine, so long as Duda hits 20 home runs and the bullpen is at least average.

To read more from Cowgill, and to get Terry Collins’s impression of his new outfielder, check out this report from Kristie Ackert in the Daily News.