Chris Coghlan: NL Rookie of the Year?

by Andrew Wirtanen in


Chris Coghlan (Chatham '05) and the Cape League are featured today in an article on MLB.com. Both Coghlan and Marlins GM Michael Hill had nice things to say about the Cape:

Reflecting on his path to the big leagues, Coghlan feels his experience playing for Chatham in the Cape Cod League in 2005 helped launch him in the eyes of big league scouts.

"I think definitely if I didn't perform there I wouldn't have been a first-rounder. Simple as that," Coghlan said. "I think that's because that's the way it is, you get labeled. I think that's the way the scouting is. If I didn't hit (.346) would I have been less of a player? No, I wouldn't have been. I'd like to think it's a league that only helps you."

Coghlan's bat has been hot after a drought in July... he's batting .379 in August and September (thus far). He is a leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year, along with pitchers J.A. Happ (Harwich '03, Philadelphia) and Tommy Hanson (Atlanta). In August, Coghlan set a Marlins record with 8 consecutive multi-hit games.