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Jarred Cosart: 2013 Fantasy Baseball Dark Horse

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

I know what you’re thinking, reading into spring performances for fantasy baseball impact can be highly futile. Doing it this early in the spring is borderline pointless. However, on rare occasions, there are things we can glean from these meaningless MLB games. I think the performance of Jarred Cosart certainly qualifies, and is definitely noteworthy.

Cosart, a top prospect of the Houston Astros, entered the spring with the chance to earn a rotation spot, and took the first step towards doing so Saturday. While Cosart is just 22 years old, he has as much talent as anyone else in the Astros system and has a legit chance of sticking with the club.

Saturday, Cosart went two perfect innings and fanned one against his former club, the Philadelphia Phillies. In his first inning of work, Cosart retired big leaguers Ben Revere and Michael Young, and struck out slugger Ryan Howard in his second inning. While he only struck out Howard, he was in absolute control during his outing and flashed impressive command for a youngster.

It is impossible to say after one start that Cosart is going to land a spot in the Astros’ rotation, however, he isn’t facing the stiffest of competition. Should he be able to outduel the likes of Erik Bedard, Phillip Humber, or Jordan Lyles this spring, there’s a great chance that Cosart may receive upwards of 25 starts this season.

Cosart has never been a major strikeout pitcher, but is definitely a guy that can help your ERA and WHIP, while adding roughly seven strikeouts per nine. He is probably not a guy that you are going to have to draft, but if he continues to have a good spring, there’s a decent chance that he could have a fantasy impact for you this season. Make sure that you keep him on your radar and don’t be afraid to snatch him up this season, should he get on a roll. He’s the real deal.

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