Chris Coghlan, Outfield, Toronto Blue Jays
Date of Birth: 6/18/1985
Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland
College: University of Mississippi
Chris Coghlan, outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, was first drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2003 but he opted instead for college. Three years later, he was drafted by the Miami Marlins. He played in the Marlins' minor league system from 2006 through 2008.
In 2009, his first year with the Marlins, Coghlan batted .321 with 162 hits and 31 doubles in 128 games. As a left fielder, he made 209 putouts and 5 errors in 123 games. He won the National League Rookie of the Year award that season.
Coghlan could not reproduce his early success after 2009. In 2010, he batted .268 with 96 hits and 20 doubles in 91 games. The next year, he batted just .230 and in 2012, he had a dismal .140 batting average in just 39 games. In 2013, he had 50 hits and a .256 batting average in 70 games.
In January, 2014, Coghlan signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs. He finished the 2014 season with 109 hits, 28 doubles, and a .283 batting average in 125 games.
Coghlan batted .250 in 148 games with the Cubs in 2015. He finished the season with 110 hits, 25 doubles, 16 home runs, and 41 RBIs. As a left fielder in 99 games, he made 128 putouts and no errors. He had 1 hit and 4 strikeouts in 12 at-bats in 6 postseason games.
Coghlan was traded to the Oakland Athletics on February 25, 2016. He returned to the Cubs in a trade on June 9, 2016. He finished the 2016 season with 49 hits and a .188 batting average in 51 games with the Athletics and 48 games with the Cubs. Defensively, he played every infield position except for shortstop and left field and right field. In the postseason, he had 7 at-bats in 9 games and no hits, 3 strikeouts, and 1 walk.
Coghlan became a free agent on November 3, 2016. He signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on February 4, 2017. He didn't make the Phillies 25-man roster for 2017.
Coghlan signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on April 1, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Coghlan through 2016 include:
- 765 games played
- 651 hits
- 147 doubles
- 229 RBIs
- 513 strikeouts to 266 walks
- .260 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Coghlan as a left fielder through 2016 include:
- 481 games played
- 771 putouts
- 10 errors
- .988 fielding percentage