The South Georgia Peanuts have announced the signing of right handed
pitcher Josh Cowles. The 2007 season will mark his fifth season in
professional baseball but only his second as a pitcher. Cowles, a native
of Nampa, ID, was drafted out of high school in the eighth round of the
2003 draft by the Angels organization. Cowles has spent his entire career
in the Angels system and was recently released during spring training.
Cowles spent the first three years of his career as an outfielder. In
those three seasons, Cowles hit .204 with 7 home runs and 51 RBI. The
Angels had been pushing for him to become a pitcher throughout his career
but he finally made the switch following the 2005 season.
"They asked me what I thought about pitching after my first year but I
still wanted to be an everyday player," Cowles said. "I finally came to
the conclusion that I was ready to pitch."
Last season for the Orem Owlz, Cowles made 10 appearances and finished
with a 5.23 ERA. Cowles went to spring training with the Angels this year
but only pitched one inning before he was released. He felt good about his
spring and was surprised when the news came.
"I was absolutely surprised," Cowles said. "I was real happy with the way
spring training was going."
Cowles' connection to the Peanuts came through a friend of his who is
already a member of the Peanuts. Pitcher Chris Howell got Cowles in
contact with Peanuts manager Wally Backman. After Cowles and Backman spoke
a number of times, the decision was made to sign Cowles. For Cowles, he
sees this as a great opportunity.
"I am extremely excited (about playing for Backman). I have heard so many
good things from so many people," Cowles said. "My goal is to get back to
affiliated ball but my ultimate goal is to get to the major leagues."
The Peanuts will begin to report to Albany the first week of May. Spring
training will begin on May 8th.
Peanuts tickets are currently on sale by contacting the team office at
(229) 435-8900! The home opener for the Peanuts is scheduled for May 24
against the Charlotte County Redfish. South Georgia Peanuts...One Shell of
a Good Time!