The 2021 MLB Draft had plenty of intrigue, with such players as Jack Leiter, Marcelo Mayer, and Kumar Rocker all expected to be drafted in the top five, with the Orioles being in position to possibly draft one of the three.
Pick five arrived, and Orioles fans were ready, as Kumar Rocker was in play. Commissioner Rob Manfred walked to the podium, and with the announcement, the words came out.
“With the fifth pick in the draft the Baltimore Orioles select Colton Cowser, outfielder from Sam Houston.”
Orioles fans cheered……
Wait, what? Who is Colton Cowser? Well, that’s what we are here to tell you! And believe us, he is a really solid player!
Colton Cowser was actually ranked as the No. 13 prospect in the draft and was ranked as the No. 14 best D1 collegiate prospect by D1baseball.com. At the No. 5 pick, it might have been a stretch, but the numbers don’t lie.
Cowser comes out as a sophomore, who bats left-handed and throws right. He is a native of Cypress, Texas and measures in at 6’3″ and 195 pounds.
During the 2021 season, Colton played in 55 games, batting .374 with only 32 strikeouts. Showing strong plate discipline, he walked 42 times as well. Showing some power, he also hit 16 home runs, 10 doubles, and two triples, driving in 52 runs.
His college career spanned 125 games, all starts. He hit .354 across his three seasons, totalling 168 hits and averaging a run per game with 125 scored. Cowser also hit 24 home runs with 112 runs batted in and a .608 slugging percentage.
The offensive numbers are just one part of his game, as he held a .950 fielding percentage for his career, with 40 assists and just 14 errors. He played right field for most of his collegiate career, with some time in center as well. He has an average arm and plus speed with good instincts in the outfield.
“I really do like Cowser. Definitely a center fielder. One of the best hitters in college. I like the strategy. They saved some money (for later picks) but did not compromise on talent.”Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline on the O’s selection of Colton Cowser
Cowser was the only Sam Houston Bearcat player to be named to the US Collegiate National Team, where he was named MVP in 2019 against Cuba during the six-game series. He was also named the Southland Conference Player of the Year.
Coming out of college, Cowser was said to have one of the best bats in the draft; a pure left-handed stroke, who hits line drives all over the field. He led his conference in home runs, as he surprised scouts when they doubted parts of his game.
A bit of an unknown in our part, but a new Baby Bird has joined the nest. As he climbs our ranks over the next few years, we look forward to hearing Colton Cowser as the next high-profile prospect to keep an eye out for in Baltimore.
Welcome to Birdland, Colton!
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