Cowgill is just 3-for-23 with no walks and six strikeouts on the season -- he does have two home runs and five RBI (four of which came on an Opening Day grand slam).
“It’s definitely frustrating when you’re not having success,” Cowgill said, according to Mark Hale of the New York Post. “I’m a competitor. I want to get a hit every time I’m in the box.”
Cowgill is 0-for-11 when leading off an inning in seven games this year.
Cowgill seems anxious at the plate, which is a stark contrast to what he showed during camp. So far this season, Cowgill has seen less than four pitches per plate appearance; the leadoff spot in the lineup requires a little more patience and selectiveness than that. He also hasn't done much when he has put the ball in play, thanks in part to hitting a lot of balls in the air. I do believe Cowgill has the pedigree to be a leadoff hitter, as he possesses speed and has shown an ability to make contact with occasional pop. If he can show more patience, put more balls on the ground, and utilize his speed more, he could find more success in the leadoff role.