Cowart proves fantastic with four more

Angels' top prospect goes 4-for-5, homers against JetHawks

By Jonathan Raymond / Special to | August 17, 2012 10:16 PM ET

Any more four-hit games for Kaleb Cowart this week and it'll officially be a trend.

The Angels' top prospect produced his second four-hit effort in four nights Friday, going 4-for-5 with a homer and two runs scored, to lead Class A Advanced Inland Empire to a 5-1 victory over Lancaster.

Cowart entered the week with his batting average at .266, its lowest point since early July. But a 4-for-5 showing Tuesday, followed by Friday's effort, has it back up to .289.'s No. 100 overall prospect has had a mostly consistent season in the Angels' system. He began the year with Class A Cedar Rapids, where he batted .293 with nine homers, 54 RBIs, a .348 on-base percentage and .479 slugging percentage.

That performance earned him a spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game as well as a promotion to the California League, where, despite the more advanced competition, he's improved on those numbers.

After his outburst Friday night, the 20-year-old third baseman has a .407 OBP, thanks to 39 walks and only 50 strikeouts in 52 games with the 66ers. He's also slugging .482 with six homers and 36 RBIs.

Last season with Rookie-level Orem, Cowart hit seven homers and slugged .420 in 72 games. Selected 18th overall in the 2010 Draft out of high school in Georgia, he drew 25 walks and struck out 81 times while compiling a .345 OBP.

This year, he's got 61 walks, 94 strikeouts and a .375 OBP in 118 contests.

Angels' No. 3 prospect Taylor Lindsey also homered Friday for Inland Empire, going 3-for-5 out of the leadoff spot. C.J. Cron went 2-for-5 with a double and his Minor League-leading 116th RBI, leaving Los Angeles' No. 2 prospect seven shy of Chin Feng Chen's 1999 team record.

Andrew Smith (3-1) recorded his first win in nearly a month, limiting the JetHawks to one run while scattering eight hits over seven innings.

Jonathan Raymond is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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