Cowart finding groove hitting left-handed

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Third-base prospect Kaleb Cowart had one major point of emphasis this spring -- continuing to find consistency from the left side of the plate, which has so far been the 20-year-old switch-hitter's major blemish.

If Wednesday's game against the Giants was any indication, Cowart is making major progress.

Cowart, who filled in at third base after Bill Hall left early with a tight right quad, went 2-for-4 and hit the ball hard in his three plate appearances as a left-handed hitter.

In the sixth, he singled up the middle off Chad Gaudin. In the seventh, off Santiago Casilla, he hit a shot deep in the left-center-field gap that Juan Perez tracked down for a highlight-reel catch. And in the ninth, against closer Sergio Romo, Cowart hit an RBI double that helped lead to a two-run, game-tying frame.

Cowart has quieted his approach from the left side, eliminating his high leg kick while closing his stance, and it seems to be paying off.

"He's just got tremendous upside," manager Mike Scioscia said of Cowart, ranked first in the Angels' system and 67th overall by "He hit some pretty good pitchers today, and that was encouraging. And he's looking great defensively, too."