Monday, February 06, 2017

What happened to Chris Coghlan?





I've always been a fan of Chris Coghlan, he sort of burst onto the scene of the MLB and then he quietly slipped out of the limelight,

It didn't seem that long ago that Chris Coghlan was named the Rookie of The Year. It was the time that the Phillies were already World Champions and for the season that Coghlan won, 2009, the Phillies were already stocked with a deep lineup that would return to the World Series in that year against the Yankees.

Coghlan looked on paper like he was going to be the next big player in baseball. Everytime the Marlins visited Philadelphia, it seemed like Chris Coghlan was really making things happen on the field for a Marlins team that really wasn't a competitive team. (They did finish 2nd in the NL East in '09 though).

After the 2009 season, Coghlan leveled off and floated back to earth. His numbers that he produced in the season that he was voted on for being the best, just weren't there. He apparently injured his knee delivering a pie in the face after a Marlins walk off win in 2010 in July. He only played for the Marlins sparingly in the 2011,2012, and 2013 seasons.

Chris signed with the Cubs for the 2014 and 2015 season as a Free Agent, for $7.3M, he looked to be part of the Cubs rebuild and it seemed like he was back to great health in the first year of the contract, putting up 9 HR and 41 RBI in 125 games for that season. For the '15 season, he put up 16 HR and 41 RBI in 148 games with the Cubs but by this time, the Cubs had gone out and really picked up some missing pieces to their ballclub, and the Cubs traded him off in February (after awarding him $4.8M in Jan. of '16) before last season started to the Oakland A's. The A's then sent him back to the Cubs in June of last year to finish up the season with the Cubs. He was on the roster in the playoffs and World Series but didn't get much action, he had 19 AB and struck out 7 times and produced an .053 BA, had he done much better in the playoffs, I think his name wouldn't be on a Phillies uniform in 2017, his stock would have risen.

The Phillies signed Coghlan to a minor-league deal with a chance at a bench position with the team. Coghlan is still fairly young at 31 years old, and if he impresses coaching in Spring Training, the Phillies may have an issue as they appear over stocked in the outfield department as far as a 25-man roster is concerned.

Of the players that the Phillies have picked up this off-season, I think Coghlan has a lot of potential for this team. He's not a franchise player but he's a good spark plug and a positive force.


Coghlan's numbers:

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Awards
2009 24 FLA 128 565 504 84 162 31 6 9 47 MVP-28,RoY-1
2010 25 FLA 91 400 358 60 96 20 3 5 28
2011 26 FLA 65 298 269 33 62 20 1 5 22
2012 27 MIA 39 105 93 10 13 1 0 1 10
2013 28 MIA 70 214 195 10 50 10 3 1 10
2014 29 CHC 125 432 385 50 109 28 5 9 41
2015 30 CHC 148 503 440 64 110 25 6 16 41
2016 31 TOT 99 300 261 35 49 12 2 6 30
2016 31 OAK 51 172 158 14 23 5 0 5 14
2016 31 CHC 48 128 103 21 26 7 2 1 16
8 Yrs 765 2817 2505 346 651 147 26 52 229
162 Game Avg. 162 597 530 73 138 31 6 11 48
MIA (5 yrs) 393 1582 1419 197 383 82 13 21 117
CHC (3 yrs) 321 1063 928 135 245 60 13 26 98
OAK (1 yr) 51 172 158 14 23 5 0 5 14
NL (8 yrs) 714 2645 2347 332 628 142 26 47 215
AL (1 yr) 51 172 158 14 23 5 0 5 14
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/6/2017.

  

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