• Full name Colton Dale Cowser
  • Born 03/20/2000 in Houston, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: L / Throws: R
  • School Sam Houston
  • Drafted in the 1st round (5th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2021 (signed for $4,900,000).
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    In a year where teams are frustrated by the lack of college hitters with lengthy track records of production, Cowser is a rare safe harbor who provides a long history of hitting. He hit .374/.490/.680 as a second-year sophomore with 16 home runs and 17 stolen bases in 20 attempts. He’s hit .354/.460/.608 for his career at Sam Houston State with more walks (78) than strikeouts (70). And he became the first player in school history to play for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team when he did so in 2019 after his freshman season, so scouts got to see him against top competition during the summer. That solid performance with Team USA helps blunt some of the criticisms that he played at a mid-major school. A high school teammate of Texas righthander and likely first-rounder Ty Madden (as well as 2019 supplemental first-round pick J.J. Goss and second-rounder Mathew Thompson), Cowser finished the season on an 18-game hitting streak. Cowser rarely misses a fastball. According to statistics compiled by Synergy, he has 17 extra-base hits on fastballs and just 19 swings and misses. He is more a hitter than a slugger for now, but he’s started to add strength and scouts wouldn’t be surprised to see his knack for hitting turn into 20-25 home run power eventually. Many of his home runs for now are pull shots or opposite-field balls that just clear the wall. Cowser is a plus runner who takes direct routes although his reads sometimes are a little slower than ideal. He shows an above-average arm when he lets loose and does a good job of getting rid of the ball quickly. He should be able to stay in center field at least for a few years, and maybe longer than that depending on how his body matures. As a lefthanded hitter and up-the-middle defender with excellent hand-eye coordination and speed, Cowser is one of the safer bets in the first round.

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  • Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of OF Colton Cowser from Norfolk Tides.
  • Baltimore Orioles selected the contract of OF Colton Cowser from Norfolk Tides.
  • Norfolk Tides activated OF Colton Cowser from the 7-day injured list.
  • Norfolk Tides placed OF Colton Cowser on the 7-day injured list.
  • Baltimore Orioles invited non-roster OF Colton Cowser and to spring training.

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