Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Cowgill learning to adjust at big league level

By Anthony Fenech / | 08/10/11

PHOENIX -- Collin Cowgill is happy to be here.

"It's been great so far," the D-backs outfielder said. "A lot of fun, we're a great team, I have great teammates, so I can't ask for much more right now."

Three weeks into his stay at the big league level, Cowgill is hitting .231 (6-for-26) in nine games and said that the mental adjustment from the Minor Leagues was much bigger than the physical adjustment.

"There's a little better pitching," he said. "But it's just the fact that you have to realize it's the same game but in bigger stadiums.

"That part of it, getting adjusted to it more mentally than physically has been the biggest obstacle so far."

He recorded his first Major League hit in a pinch-hit appearance on July 30 against the Dodgers, when he singled to center field off reliever Scott Elbert at Dodger Stadium.

Since then, he's recorded a hit in each of his four starting appearances in left field.

"Once you realize you can play at this level," he said, "You just got to believe in it, and that's a big thing, especially when you first get up here."

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