At the start of the year, it seemed like every update that had to do with the Brevard County Manatees had to do with Clint Coulter and Victor Roache. Every update included home runs and multi-hit games from the two young prospects. It became so common place that the biggest question was when the two outfielders were going to get their promotion to AA Biloxi.
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While Roache continued to soar and was promoted, (and is succeeding in AA) Coulter has struggled to remain consistent. Though he isn’t shooting through the system and is currently mired in a power outage at the plate, here is a look at why his recent struggles isn’t cause for concern.
Coulter has been down this road before. In 2013 playing in the Midwest League, Coulter struggled mightily to get going. In 33 games at that level that year, he batted just .206 with three homers and .643 OPS. The next year he rebounded to not only be a league leader in many offensive categories, but he tied a team record with 22 home runs and was named the Brewers Organizational Player of the Year.
This season however, Coulter has again slumped again after a hot start. Though he has slugged 11 home runs, Coulter has not hit one since July 3rd as he has also seen his average drop from .265 to .248 over that time.
But even with the power slump, there are still reasons to believe that Coulter will be a powerful slugger in the future. With 11 homers on the year, he still is second in the league overall in long balls while playing in a pitcher dominant league where eight of the top ten pitchers have ERA’s under three. Still playing over a year and a half below the league average age at 22-years-old and being the biggest threat in the entire lineup, Coulter has held his own.
The Florida State League has never really been known as a hitter’s league. Dating back to 2011, when Brad Glenn hit 26 home runs, no one has hit more than 25 playing there since. While he has slumped as of late, Coulter not only has the opportunity to finish strong, but also take home the league’s home run title which he currently trails only by one homer.
This year Coulter has made the transition to the outfield, and even with plenty of outfield prospects at the high levels in the minor leagues, I still see him as a major part of the Brewers future batting in the heart of the lineup for years to come.