Ah! It is time. Spring Training baseball games have begun, and it is a beautiful thing. The Houston Astros took on the Philadelphia Phillies in their first game of the spring season. The game isn’t what matters to me. Spring Training is just practice. It is a time for pitchers and position players of all types to get into game shape. Of course, watching the games is much more fun when your team wins. With all that said, I want to take a look at one player’s performance from today’s game.
That player is the Astros pitching prospect, Jarred Cosart.
Cosart was scheduled to pitch two innings against his former team, the Phillies. He did just that. Cosart came out for the fifth inning of today’s game and was very impressive. In the fifth inning, Cosart worked a quick 1-2-3 inning. He had some good movement on his pitches. His fastball was a little high in the zone, but he never got into trouble.
In the sixth inning, Cosart came back out. He was even more impressive in this inning. Again, another 1-2-3 inning for him. He made Ryan Howard, a veteran hitter, look completely silly at the plate. Struck Howard out looking for the last out of the inning. Cosart challenged him up in the zone, Howard swung and missed. When he came right back with the fastball on the corner he caught him looking.
Overall it was a good day for Cosart and the Astros. Cosart had a ton of movement on his pitches. He worked up in the zone, but never got hurt. It’s the first spring game of the year, so I expect him to get his pitches down. Cosart was really sharp for his debut. After his outing, he was smiling ear to ear about his performance against the team that traded him.
Cosart is the Astros number four prospect, in what has become a really deep and talented farm system. It may be too early to say this, but if Cosart continues to pitch like he is capable of, he may just find himself on the 25 man roster come opening day.