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July 12, 2013

The Call-Up

Jarred Cosart

by Nick J. Faleris and Mike Gianella


The Situation: After 82 starts, 447 minor-league innings, and four seasons as a top 10 prospect across two organizations, Jarred Cosart will make his first major-league start. He draws the Tampa Bay Rays and defending AL Cy Young winner David Price.

Background: Cosart was a 38th-round selection for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2008 first-year player draft, signing for late-second-round money out of Clear Creek High School (League City, TX). A two-way Missouri commit, Cosart immediately switched to the mound full time when he entered the Phillies system.

A pure arm strength guy when drafted, Cosart entered the system as a project for the developmental staff. He responded well early on and quickly established himself as one of the more interesting arms to follow in the minors. After an impressive first year of full-season ball as a 20-year old in the South Atlantic League, Cosart continued his deliberate ascension, advancing to the Florida State League the following year with High-A Clearwater before being packaged along with Jonathan Singleton and two others in a trade to Houston for Hunter Pence.

Cosart spent the bulk of 2012 in Double-A, showing well in a brief stint at Triple-A Oklahoma City over five starts to close out the year. The no. 5 prospect on Jason ParksHouston Astros Top 10 Prospects list entering 2013, Cosart has enjoyed a solid first half in Oklahoma City, punching out over a batter per inning while boasting a 2.48 groundout-to-air-out rate and holding opponents to a cumulative .213 batting average through his 17 starts, prior to being called-up to the Big Club.

Scouting Report: Cosart’s game revolves around his plus-plus fastball, which sits in the mid-90s and can climb to the upper 90s at times. His curve is a second potential plus-plus offering, showing depth and bite while living in the 78 to 82 mph range. The changeup is a fringy third pitch, generally grading out as below average, though it has its moments.

While the raw stuff can be eye-popping, it tends to play down due to problematic mechanics. Cosart has some violence to his delivery, coming with a hard head jerk through his release, leading to inconsistent execution. Additionally, he throws across his body, creating tough angles but also making it difficult to work both sides of the plate and causing command issues with his curveball, in particular. Scouts have also indicated that the ball can be easy to pick up out of his hand, though that has been less of an issue in 2013.

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