Collin Brannen Cowgill was born May 22nd, 1986 in Lexington, Kentucky. The five foot nine right hand hitting, left hand throwing outfielder, attended the University of Kentucky.
He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2008. He hit 12 HRs at A ball in 2008 & then followed with 16 at AA Mobile in 2010. In 2011 he tore up the Pacific Coast League at AAA Reno, hitting .354 with 13 HRs in just 98 games, earning him a call up to the big leagues.
Cowgill made his MLB debut on July 26th, 2011 going 0-4 in a 6-1 win over the Padres in San Diego. He saw action in 36 games batting .239 hitting his first career HR off San Diego's Erik Hamren on Augsut 28th. He got two at bats in the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers getting one hit.
In December 2011 he was traded to the Oakland A's along with Jarrod Parker & Ryan Cook in exchange for Craig Beslow & Trevor Cahill.
He made the A's club out of Spring Training and hit .271 through June with a HR & 9 RBIs. He was still sent down to the minors returning as a September call up. That winter he was traded to the New York Mets for a minor leaguer.
Cowgill had himself a good Spring Training, impressing manager Terry Collins. On a team where the outfield spots were up for grabs, Cowgill got the call as the clubs every day center fielder going North platooning with Jorday Valdespin.
On Opening Day 2013 at Citi Field, Cowgill debuted in a Mets uniform batting leadoff & having a career day. The Mets 11-2 win was topped off with his 7th inning grand slam HR off Brad Brach, scoring John Buck, Ruben Tejada & Valdespin.
Four games later in Miami he hit a solo HR in the Mets 7-3 victory over the Marlins.
From there things went down hill, he did drive in three more runs in the month but found himself batting just .160 on May 1st. With Valdespin playing well, Mike Baxter & a bunch of other young possibilities, Cowgill was sent down to AAA Las Vegas as Andrew Brown was brought up.
In June he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels where he saw action in 50 games batting .231 with two HRs & 8 RBIs.
In 2014 he made the Angels club as a reserve outfielder going on to play in 106 games in Anaheim. Cowgill batted .250 with 5 HRs 10 doubles & 21 RBIs.
In 2015 he saw less action 55 games & hit just .188 see more time in the minor leagues.
In 2016 his contract was purchased by the Cleveland Indians & he made the club out of Spring Training. He appeared in two games against his old Mets team mates, getting a single off Jim Henderson in the 8th inning of the Indians 7-5 win . He played in just nine games for Cleveland that year.
In his six year career he batted .234 with 12 HRs 22 doubles 57 RBIs & .297 on base % playing in 317 games as an outfielder.
In September he was designated for assignment. He signed with the San Diego Padres in 2017 & was released in August. In February of 2018 he signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.