Braves sign infielder Jordan Cowan to minor league contract

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

-Clint Manry

With MLB still in a lockout, the Braves added another minor leaguer on Monday, signing Jordan Cowan.

Honestly, there’s not a lot of flash when it comes to Cowan. He was drafted out of high school in the 37th round by the Mariners back in 2013 as a middle-infielder, though he did experiment a bit with pitching during his first two pro seasons. With hardly any power but a decent ability to make consistent contact at the plate, Cowan earned a Double-A assignment in 2015, though he only played in eight games there and struggled mightily. Since then, he has bounced back and forth from High-A to Single-A, but in 2019 he finally appeared to stick it with Double-A Arkansas, where he’s been the last two seasons.

Since 2019, Cowan has hit .261 with six home runs, 27 doubles and 35 stolen bases in 207 games combined at the Double-A level – good for a decent 97 wRC+. During that span, he has mainly played second base, though he also has a decent amount of experience at shortstop and first, as well as a little bit of time in left field. Defensively, at least from a number’s standpoint, the guy appears to be sharp with the glove as he’s only committed six errors total at six different positions over the last pair of seasons.

The problem, though, is Cowan will turn 27 in April, so he’s a little old for Double-A ball, although shown by his stats, it’s not as if he’s necessarily past due on a Triple-A promotion. I still like the add, though. The Braves minor leagues can always use a solid middle-infielder as it’s a pretty thin position group in the system, and with Cowan, he can provide some depth at a lot of different places on the field. Don’t get me wrong, this is essentially minor league filler, but with Cowan’s contact, speed and at least consistent defense, he can certainly help Mississippi in 2022, or even Gwinnett if the Braves believe he’s ready for a Triple-A assignment.

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