by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan is working on changing his approach and trying to be more aggressive as a pinch hitter, according to The Miami Herald.
Coghlan singled in the seventh as a pinch-hitter Saturday night against the Dodgers. He has not started a game since April 28 and is hitting .444 (4 for 9) as a pinch hitter since his last start.
"It's just something I've got to get adjusted to," said Coghlan, who hasn't started since April 28th and is now 4- for 14 in pinch-hit situations this season.
"I just need to be more aggressive with strikes and just trust my eyes," he said. "I think it was maybe a week ago when I realized I needed to start doing that because I wasn't having as much success as I wanted to. I was trying everything. It's a role I don't have a lot of experience in, but I'm trying to get better at it."
Chris Coghlan OK with playing second base
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan was thrust into action Tuesday at San Diego as the emergency second baseman after Chris Valaika, who was already filling in for Donovan Solano (DL, intercostal strain), suffered a fractured wrist. It was the first time Coghlan played second base since his MLB debut May 8, 2009, according to The Miami Herald.
"I got no problem playing there," Coghlan said of second base. "Besides short, pitcher and catcher I feel I can play anywhere. I have confidence in the abilities I've been given. I take grounders every day for stuff like this. You never expect its going to happen. But that's why it pays to be ready and practice for whatever."
Chris Coghlan could take over at second base
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Marlins utility man Chris Coghlan took over second base for an injured Chris Valaika Tuesday night against the Padres. Coghlan, who replaced Valaika in the eighth, did not receive a plate appearance.
With Valaika dealing with a fractured wrist, the Marlins will likely turn to Coghlan to play second base -- at least for Wednesday, according to the Miami Herald. The 27-year-old played second base for the first time since his MLB debut on May 8, 2009.
He is hitting .185 with one RBI in 54 at-bats.
Marlins make change atop lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) The Marlins made a change atop their lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals. Chris Coghlan moved into the leadoff spot, which was the first time in 14 games this season someone other than Juan Pierre hit leadoff.
Pierre remained in the starting lineup, but he hit second.
Chris Coghlan posts two hits
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan had his first multihit game Monday night against the Nationals.
He singled in the fourth inning and drove in Juan Pierre with another base hit in the sixth. The 27-year-old finished 2 for 4 in a 10-3 loss.
Coghlan is batting .174 (4 for 23) through 11 games with two RBI.
Chris Coghlan an NL-only add for now
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (4/3/2013) The Marlins are planning on using Chris Coghlan as their center fielder against right-handed starting pitchers, but with a one percent ownership rate on CBSSports.com, Fantasy owners haven't been impressed.
As a former National League Rookie of the Year, should there be more interest in Coghlan's return to a more prominent role with the Marlins?
Coghlan has had to deal with injuries in recent seasons, so it's hard to gauge how close he can come to his 2009 ROY form this year. However, he has never hit for much power, should only be a mild contributor for stolen bases, hits in a weak lineup and may never come close to his rookie year .321 batting average. That mark was boosted by a .365 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) that exceeded anything he had previously achieved as a minor leaguer.
Coghlan's strikeout and walk rates give him a little bit of value in points leagues, but with not much else to offer, he is a low-end NL-only option at best.
Chris Coghlan an intriguing Fantasy add?
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) I've heard the Marlins' take on outfielder Chris Coghlan. President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said the other day Coghlan "looked comfortable at the plate" this spring and the team hasn't seen him this "confident" in "a while," according to The Palm Beach Post.
Obviously, the Marlins aren't just talking either. By putting Coghlan in a platoon with 2012 breakout Justin Ruggiano in center field, they are ready to give Coghlan another chance to return to his 2009 NL rookie of the year form.
However, this hardly means Fantasy owners need to rush out and add Coghlan off waivers. I'm taking a wait-and-see approach here and I urge Fantasy owners to do the same. Perhaps if you are in a deep NL-only league with ample bench spots, then it could be worth using a flier on Coghlan, but most Fantasy owners can leave him off rosters.
Marlins give Chris Coghlan another chance
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) On the eve of their season opener, Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Sunday the team will use a platoon in center field between Chris Coghlan and Justin Ruggiano to begin the year, the Palm Beach Post reports. Redmond indicated the rotation will continue until one of the two players takes a firm grasp of the position.
Coghlan has endured a dramatic fall after capturing the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year Award, spending most of the past three seasons in the minors or sidelined with injuries. He notched a .306 batting average during the spring but drew just two walks while striking out 12 times.
Chris Coghlan wins spot on Marlins roster
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013)Chris Coghlan has won an outfield spot on the Marlins' roster, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Coghlan was competing with Gorkys Hernandez for the final outfield spot this spring. The 27-year-old hit .311/.344/.475 in 64 spring plate appearances with five doubles, a triple and a home run to win the job.
Coghlan will be looking to redeem his poor 2012 season. He hit just .140/.212/.183 last year and was shipped off to Triple-A after just 39 games.
Marlins cast line on platoon in center
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) With outfielder Justin Ruggiano still working his way back from injury, Marlins manager Mike Redmond admitted Monday the team could use a platoon in center field to begin the regular season. Ruggiano was projected to serve as the everyday starter before a back injury forced him to miss the first two weeks of camp.
That has dropped him into an unofficial competition with Chris Coghlan and Gorkys Hernandez for the job; Miami is expected to keep two of the three. "We could definitely go that route, that way we make sure we don't wear one guy out," Redmond told The Miami Herald. "We don't have a ton of depth out there and we have to make sure we keep everybody healthy out there as well."
Coghlan to see time in CF
(3/6/2013) Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday that he will give Chris Coghlan a look in center field in the coming days with Justin Ruggiano still sidelined due to a back injury. Coghlan has gone 6 for 18 (.333) with two RBI through six Grapefruit League games.