Coghlan confident numbers will rise

Eclipsing the “Mendoza Line” is only the first step for Chris Coghlan. By no means is it his last step.

For that matter, the level-headed Marlins outfielder isn’t paying much attention right now to the fact he now is batting better than .200. After going 3-for-4 at Washington on Sunday, Coghlan raised his average to .206. It was the first time he finished a game batting higher than .200 since April 10, which was the fourth game of the season.

cogzchris1.jpgAfter batting .321 as a rookie in 2009, Coghlan’s aim at the plate is much higher.

“Hitting .210 or .190 makes no difference to me,” Coghlan said. “I don’t feel any more pumped up or any more down on either one. It’s not where I’m going to be at the end of the year.”

History certainly tells us that Coghlan should finish up in the neighborhood of .300. At every level, he has hit for a high average.

In 1,115 Minor League at-bats, he was a career .298 hitter. The only time in his developmental pro years that he didn’t sniff .300 at a Minor League level was when he hit .200 in 34 games with Class A Jupiter. That same season, he batted .320 at low Class A Greensboro.

Of late, even though Coghlan didn’t have much success in terms of logging hits, he has hit the ball well for a while. On Saturday at Washington, he was robbed of an extra-base hit on a diving catch in right field by Washington’s Willie Harris.

On Sunday, he would have had a fourth hit, if not a quick glove reaction by Nationals’ pitcher Livan Hernandez, who deflected a grounder that went to second, and Coghlan was thrown out.

“I feel the same that I did the last couple of weeks, except some of the balls [on Sunday] went through,” Coghlan said. “You can’t measure your performance all the time on how many hits you get, otherwise you’re going to go crazy with the failures. You fail so many times. I don’t go up there thinking, ‘Oh, if I get two hits, good. If I don’t get two hits, [oh no]. If I did that, I’d go crazy over 600 at-bats.”

— Joe Frisaro


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