NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Less Cowgill. More Brown.
The Mets selected the contract of outfielder Andrew Brown from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday and sent down Collin Cowgill to take his spot.
Cowgill was named the Opening Day center fielder by Terry Collins and he quickly made a name for himself, hitting a grand slam in the Mets’ first game of the 2013 season.
But he has seen his playing time decrease significantly as the season has progressed. Prior to being sent down, he was regularly platooning with teammate Jordany Valdespin.
The 26-year-old, who was traded to the Mets from the A’s on December 18, 2012, didn’t do much in the first month of the season to warrant staying up with the big-league club. He batted .157 with two home runs and eight RBIs in 51 at-bats. He displayed virtually no plate discipline, walking just once and striking out 13 times. His on-base percentage was a horrid .173.
Brown, 28, signed a minor-league deal with the Amazin’s on January 2. The third-year player appeared in 11 games with the Cardinals in 2011 and 46 games for the Rockies in 2012. Last season, he batted .232 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 112 at-bats with Colorado.
With Triple-A Las Vegas in 2013, the 6-foot-0, 185-pounder wore out Pacific Coast League pitching. In 98 at-bats he batted .367 with two home runs, 27 RBIs and a .440 on-base percentage. He also showed an ability to hit to all fields, drilling 13 doubles and three triples.
The right-handed hitter is being throw right into the fire, as he will bat eighth and start in right field for the Mets in their series-opening game against the Braves on Friday night.
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