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From Grasshoppers to Marlins: Coghlan, Morrison, and Cousins

 

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When most people are in their early 20’s they are still trying to figure out what they are going to do with their lives. Recent college graduates are bar tending while they are in search of their first REAL job. In 2007 Chris Coghlan, Logan Morrison, and Scott Cousins were playing low A ball with the Greensboro Grasshoppers. Both Coghlan and Cousins were 22 years old while Morrison was at the ripe age of 19.

Morrison, who was then the starting first baseman, lead the ‘07 Hoppers with 24 HR’s while Coghlan and Cousins combined for 28 HR’s. The three combined for a total of 224 RBI’s, including a team leading 86 RBI’s from Morrison. Cousins was awarded the ’07 MiLB single game performance award for a 3 HR 9 RBI hitting display against in-state rival Hickory on Aug. 22, 2007.

After 2007 Coghlan, Morrison, and Cousins went on to play together with the Jupiter Hammerheads, Carolina Mudcats, and New Orleans Zephyrs while progressing through the minor league ranks. Chris Coghlan, who has now been converted from second base to centerfield, beat both Morrison and Cousins to the big leagues, winning the National League Rookie of the Year in the 2009. Morrison saw action in 62 games in 2010 while Cousins was a late season call up playing in 27 games.

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Today all three players can be seen in the outfield of Sun Life Stadium. Coghlan and Morrison start center and left respectively while Cousins will be playing off of the bench this season. With a minor injury to slugger Mike Stanton Scott Cousins has seen playing time early on in right field, but expect him to have limited playing time in right field. It’s only fitting that these three young men will be playing for their 2007 Grasshopper skip, Edwin Rodriguez.

The Marlins continue to bring in young players with tremendous upside. Players like Chris Coghlan, Logan Morrison, and Scott Cousins, along with Mike Stanton and Gaby Sanchez will make a huge impact on the Marlins’ 2011 season.

 

By Winston Meadows
MLBCenter.com Florida Marlins Correspondent


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