Cowgill was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB draft. In 2011, he was traded to the Oakland A’s, along with Ryan Cook and Jarrod Parker, for Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow. He was then traded from the A’s to the Mets in 2012 for Jefry Marte. In both 2012 and 2013, Cowgill had been named the Mets’ starting Center Fielder, but had been demoted due to poor performance. Cowgill has mostly been a disappointment due to his relatively high draft status, hitting just .237/.294/.311 over his 3 MLB seasons. However, in nearly 900 AAA appearances, he’s hit .307/.381/.476, so the potential is still there.
The Mets’ end of this deal, Kyle Johnson, had a much less prolific draft position, being drafted in the 25th round of the 2012 draft. So far in A ball, he’s hitting a solid .310/.414/.424 with only 2 homers but 30 stolen bases. This news came after the Mets had tried to trade Cowgill in exchange for Matt Shoemaker, who has a career 4.41 minor league ERA. The trade fell through, however.
The Angels have also announced that Cowgill has been sent to AAA, and that RP Ryan Madson was transferred from the 15 day DL to the 60 day DL to make room on the 40 man roster for Cowgill.