After a big freshman season for Sam Houston State back in 2019, Colton Cowser put together and even better season in 2021. Considered one of the safest picks in the draft due to his combination of hitting ability and defense, he’s climbed up draft boards this spring.
Colton Cowser Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 195
Bats: Left | Throws: Right | Position: Outfield
Highest Ranking: 7th (Fangraphs)
Undrafted out of high school, Colton Cowser headed off to Sam Houston State and tore the cover off of the ball as a freshman, hitting .361/.450/.602 as a full time starter. He played some third base, left field, right field, and center field that year. This season, though he’s played exclusively in center and he’s taken his offensive performance to the next level – hitting .374/.490/.680 with more walks than strikeouts.
There isn’t a true weakness in his game. He’s an accomplished hitter who projects to hit for a high average. There’s not a ton of raw power for him to grow into down the line, but he’s got 20 home run pop in his bat with maybe a little bit more if everything goes just right. When you toss those in with the fact that he can remain in center on the defensive spectrum and is a plus runner, you are looking at a 5-tool player with a track record of getting it done.
Colton Cowser College Stats
For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.