Coghlan once hit cleanup
Claiming the N.L. Rookie of the Year on Monday certainly made Chris Coghlan a household name.
The third Marlin ever to capture the award, Coghlan’s story is now well told. The 24-year-old entrenched himself as the leadoff batter, and he collected 113 hits since the All-Star Break, the most by any Major Leaguer.
Power certainly isn’t a part of Coghlan’s game, but there was a time when he did hit fourth. It was 2005 when he was still a studen at Ole Miss. In the Cape Cod Summer League, Coghlan found himself batting forth. The player hitting third that summer? Evan Longoria.
Yes, Coghlan and Longoria were teammates that summer. An opposing pitcher then was J.A. Happ of the Phillies. Happ finished second to Coghlan in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting.
In September, I wrote about Coghlan’s Cape Cod League experience.
— Joe Frisaro