Who is Collin Cowgill you might ask? Well he is a an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, and last night he got a start in center field in place of Mike Trout, who was dealing with a minor hamstring issue.
Though he may not be a household name, Cowgill has been pretty solid for the Angels this year. The 28-year-old Kentucky product is hitting .293 in 40 games, and has an on base percentage of .391. He’s also chipped in two home runs and eight RBIs.
As he showed last night, he’s also capable of making some slick defensive plays. With Jared Weaver on the mound, the Angels welcomed Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros to town in what has become a divisional matchup after the Astros were realigned to the American League West last year. In what has become a yearly tradition, the Astros once again hold the worst record in the league.
Leading off for the Astros in the top of the first, Altuve was fooled on a breaking ball from Weaver, and hit a blooper to center field off the end of his bat. He looked as if he might get lucky, however, as the ball was falling fast. But in came Cowgill, racing forward and laying out to snag the ball before it could hit the ground.
Maybe know you’ll remember Cowgill’s name, because that was a beautiful play.