#47 Jarred Cosart
Previous Rank: N/A
This report is written under the assumption that Cosart will start in the Majors instead of relieve, as some suggest he is better equipped to do. Cosart, alongside stud hitter Jonathan Singleton, was dealt at the deadline for Hunter Pence by Philadelphia. Cosart immediately became the top-pitching prospect in the Astros’ organization and features a 95-97 mph heater that can jump up to 99.
His secondary offerings are at least 50s in terms of stuff, but he does not command them well enough to use in high volume. At this point, his changeup is a 55 and the curve is a 50 with good shape when he works in front of his body with it. Cosart has a 6-foot-3 frame with room to add some bulk. His mechanics range from clean to jerky, but he is athletic and has time to gain consistency with them.
As far as stats go, 2011 was up and down. He absolutely dominated through the middle of June, got shelled for a month and a half or so, was traded, and finally was promoted to Double-A where he was bad. On the year his numbers are pretty meaningless, but he was able to keep his ERA near 4.00, take the ball in 26 starts, and strikeout over 100 guys in nearly 145 innings.
|2011||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||PHI,HOU||10||10||.500||4.12||27||26||0||0||144.1||56||101|
|2011||21||2 Teams||2 Lgs||A+-AA||PHI,HOU||4.12||144.1||1.296||8.2||0.7||3.5||6.3||1.80|
I personally don’t see a lot of reason to give these stats too much consideration, though, since his season was so full of off-the-field distractions that he could not control nor impact. Regardless, Cosart’s position in our top 50 is based on his arm, age, level, and likelihood of assuming a top-of-the-rotation spot within five years.