Fantasy baseball scouting report on Florida Marlins prospect Chris Coghlan. Includes player profile, minor league updates, fantasy baseball outlook, keeper league incentives, 2009 expectations, and stat projections.
Player Profile – Chris Coghlan:
Born: June 18, 1985
Draft: 2006 – 1st Round Supplemental Florida Marlins
Position: Third Base / Second Base / Outfield
Minor League Profile:
Chris Coghlan, a 1st round supplemental draft pick by the Florida Marlins in 2006, is an infield prospect who has played primarily at second and third base during his minor league career. Playing at Double-A Carolina during the 2008 season, Coghlan put together an excellent season that included 34 stolen bases, 7 homeruns, 83 runs scored, 74 rbi, 5 triples, and a .298 batting average over 132 games played and 483 at bats. The best statistic Coghlan offers is his high contact rate and low strikeout percentage, which is evident by his 67 walks and 65 strikeouts during the 2008 season at Double-A Carolina, and 47 walks and 43 strikeouts at Single-A Greensboro. Anytime a baseball player walks more than they strikeout, you know they are an excellent hitter.
Fantasy Baseball Outlook:
At age 23 for the 2009 season, Chris Coghlan is seen as the heir apparent to Dan Uggla at second base when Uggla’s contract expires after the 2010 season. Yet with an early May call-up and his major league debut already in the books for 2009, Coghlan will have an opportunity to showcase his talent and ability at the major league level this season. Coghlan is likely just one year away from being in the Marlins everyday starting lineup, either at second base, third base, or possibly even in the outfield.
Meanwhile, Chris Coghlan projects to be a solid fantasy baseball infielder, who during his prime could easily be a top 10 fantasy baseball second basemen. Coghlan has the potential to be an excellent #2 hitter, as he possesses outstanding on-base-percentage with good speed. Seasons of 25 stolen bases, 10 homeruns, and a .290 batting average seem like a lock for Coghlan as a starter at the major league level.
Keeper League Incentive:
In fantasy baseball keeper leagues, Chris Coghlan is worthy of being ranked as a top 10 second base prospect entering the 2009 season. Having already reached the majors to begin the month of May 2009, Coghlan could very easily take over the everyday starting third base or second base job for the Marlins to begin the 2010 season, especially if Dan Uggla and his contract situation become expendable. With plenty of speed that can easily top out at 30 stolen bases per season, coupled with above average power for a second basemen, and exceptional plate discipline and a low strikeout rate, Chris Coghlan is definitely a top fantasy baseball second base prospect.
With an early May 2009 major league call-up by the Florida Marlins, Chris Coghlan should see a sufficient amount of playing time at second base, third base, and outfield, to make him worthy of being a sleeper pickup in numerous fantasy baseball leagues. If Coghlan can tally 400 at bats for the Marlins, he could post 20 stolen bases, 8 homeruns, 70 runs scored, 50 rbi, and a .290 batting average.
Overall, the fantasy baseball outlook for Chris Coghlan in 2009 could reach as high as 30 stolen bases, 80 runs scored, and a .295 batting average if he can receive everyday playing time with the Marlins.
2009 Stat Projections:
On the low end: 225 at bats, 30 runs scored, 4 homeruns, 10 stolen bases, 25 rbi, .275 batting average
On the high end: 450 at bats, 70 runs scored, 10 homeruns, 30 stolen bases, 60 rbi, .295 batting average