Coghlan playing for the Oakland Athletics on Mother's Day of 2016.
|Chicago Cubs – No. 8|
June 18, 1985 |
|May 8, 2009, for the Florida Marlins|
(through June 27, 2016)
|Runs batted in||213|
|Career highlights and awards|
Christopher B. Coghlan (pronounced KAHG-lihn; born June 18, 1985) is an American professional baseball utility player for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Miami Marlins and Oakland Athletics. Coghlan was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009. While primarily a left fielder throughout his career, he has experience at every position except shortstop, as well as pitcher and catcher.
High school and college
Coghlan attended East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 18th round (546th overall) of the 2003 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign, choosing instead to attend the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) to play college baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels. In 2004, Coghlan started 54 games at third base and made the Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman team. He was named to the All-SEC second team in 2005. In 2006, he was a first-team All-SEC and third-team All-American selection.
Coghlan was selected by the Florida Marlins in the first round (36th overall) of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft, and signed.
After joining the Marlins organization, Coghlan played for the Gulf Coast Marlins (Rookie level), the Jamestown Jammers (Low-A), the Greensboro Grasshoppers (A), the Jupiter Hammerheads (High-A), the Carolina Mudcats (Double-A) and the New Orleans Zephyrs (Triple-A). Much of his time in the minors was spent switching positions from his college position of third base to second base and eventually left field when called up to the Florida Marlins.
Coghlan made his major league debut on May 8, 2009. On August 9, 2009, he set the Marlins team record for consecutive multi-hit games at eight.
Coghlan had 41 hits in August 2009, the most for a rookie since Todd Helton hit 45 in August 1998, earning him Rookie of the Month honors. He then followed with 50 hits in September/October 2009, the first rookie with back to back 40+ hit months, and the first player to do so since Ichiro Suzuki in 2004. His .321 batting average was 6th in NL among all players and 1st among all rookies. After the MLB All-Star break, Coghlan led all major league players in batting average (.372) and hits (113). His overall performance earned him the National League Rookie of the Year Award on November 16, 2009.
In April 2012, Coghlan was sent down to New Orleans, with Bryan Petersen being recalled to take his place. Coghlan was hitting .121 with a .299 OPS and 2 RBI in Miami. In May 2012, Coghlan and Donovan Solano were called up by the Marlins after Emillio Bonifacio was placed on the disabled list with a thumb injury. He started the same day against the Cleveland Indians going 0-4 with an RBI. In June 2012, Coghlan was sent down for a second time to the New Orleans Zephyrs to make room for Scott Cousins.
After the 2013 season, Coghlan was non-tendered by Miami, becoming a free agent.
In January 2014, Coghlan signed a minor league deal including a spring training invitation with the Chicago Cubs. On May 3, the Cubs selected his contract from the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He played in 125 games with the Cubs, switching between left and center field, with 385 at bats, hitting .283 with 9 home runs and 41 RBI's. He was most often used as a leadoff hitter and had an on-base percentage (OBP) of .352.
Return to the Chicago Cubs
- "Chris Coghlan". Ole Miss Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- Gonzalez, Alden. Coghlan is named NL's top rookie, MLB.com. Published November 16, 2009. Retrieved November 16, 2009.
- Rodriguez, Juan C. (December 3, 2013). "Marlins do not offer contracts to Webb, Coghlan". Sun Sentinel.
- Gonzales, Mark (February 25, 2016). "Cubs' trade of Chris Coghlan made Dexter Fowler's signing possible". Chicago Tribune.
- Chris Coghlan Arrives to Florida Marlins camp with a new wife and new position
- "Marlins' Chris Coghlan didn't lose his way after losing his dad". Palm Beach Post. February 15, 2010.
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