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2021 MLB Draft Profile: Colton Cowser

Would the Marlins select this college outfielder with the No. 16 overall pick if he’s still on the board?



Position: OF

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 195 pounds

School: Sam Houston State

Colton Cowser is an outfielder from Cypress, Texas and played college baseball for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Cowser is one of the top hitting prospects in the 2021 MLB Draft and might be the top outfielder prospect in the draft class.

During his time at Sam Houston State, Cowser was a three-year starter for the Bearkats and immediately became one of the top outfielders in the country. As a freshman, Cowser slashed .361/.490/.602 with 78 hits, 17 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 54 RBIs, nine stolen bases and a 1.052 OPS.

Cowser also played with the USA National Collegiate team before having another huge season in 2021. During his junior season, Cowser slashes .374/.490/.680 with 76 hits, ten doubles, sixteen home runs, 54 RBIs, 17 stolen bases and a 1.170 OPS.

On MLB Pipeline, Colton Cowser is the tenth-ranked prospect and the top outfield prospect in the 2021 MLB Draft. Prospect Live ranked Cowser as the 13th-ranked prospect and the #2 outfielder in this draft class.


  • Very polished bat
  • Drives all to all fields
  • Barrels balls constantly
  • Power numbers skyrocketed in 2021
  • 12.6 K% and 16.6 BB%
  • Great bat speed
  • Above average glove
  • Smart base runner


  • Concerns he’s not a center fielder
  • Scouts wonder if power will carry at the next level
  • Didn’t play best competition at Sam Houston State

Pro Comparison: Brandon Nimmo

Projection: Top 20 draft pick

Bottom Line

The Miami Marlins have drafted college heavy with their first couple of picks in the previous two drafts. The Marlins could continue that trend if Colton Cowser is still available with the 16th overall pick.

The Marlins have a ton of outfield prospects in their farm system but Cowser is a very talented hitter who might be too good to pass up on. His hit tool makes him a very enticing prospect that many organizations would love to have in their farm system.

It would be interesting to know how high the Sam Houston State University legend is on Miami’s draft board.