Houston Astros’ Jarred Cosart Readies For Major League Debut
The struggling Houston Astros have promoted one of their prized pitching prospects in that of Jarred Cosart. The rookie will make his major league debut on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Cosart will be in tough as he is toeing the rubber opposite Cy Young award winner David Price.
The native of Texas was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 38th round of the 2008 Amateur Baseball Draft but was then dealt to the Astros at the 2011 trade deadline in a package to obtain outfielder Hunter Pence.
Cosart sported a 7-4 record as a member of the Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City RedHawks this season. He had an impressive 3.29 earned run average fanning 93 batters in 93 innings pitched in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League prior to his call-up. The 23-year old right hander has a career minor league record of 32-26 with a career earned run average of 3.58 and a 7.8 SO/9 rate in his 5 minor league seasons.
Cosart will be joining the worst team in major league baseball as the Astros own a depressing 32-59 record nestled firmly in the basement of the American League West.
The Astros also lead the majors with a combined 4.90 team earned run average and their staff has surrendered the most hits in the league with 900. Cosart will hopefully be a breath of fresh air for Bo Porter and company for the remainder of the season.
When Cosart takes the bump on Friday he will look to end the Tampa Bay Rays 8 game winning streak and prove to the baseball world that he is a worthy adversary for David Price. Regardless of how he fares in his debut, Cosart is penned as the pitcher of the future for a franchise that desperately needs a youth movement.
Good luck Jarred, I have a feeling your going to need it.