Headed into the season with few established options for the outfield, the Mets acquired Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics. The 27-year-old center fielder seemed as a good a bet as any to provide quality at-bats, and the team handed him the Opening Day job while anticipating that he would play every day. When the season opened, the faith in Cowgill seemed prescient as he hit a grand slam in the Mets' 11-2 thrashing of the San Diego Padres. But his first game with the Mets proved to be his high-water mark.
Despite overwhelming grission, Cowgill did not hold up his end of the bargain and posted a .208 on-base percentage in 63 plate appearances.
Johnson, 23, is currently playing in Single-A Burlington of the Midwest League, where he has hit two home runs, stolen 30 bases, and posted a .416 on-base percentage.
Fare thee well, Collin. We'll always have April 1, 2013. And the countless SNL references I made at your expense.