Jarred Cosart Call-up Comes With High Expectations From Houston Astros

By Lee White
Houston Astros Jarred Cosart
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The Houston Astros have officially called up one their top pitching prospects Jarred Cosart, and he will make his debut on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays.

When the Astros sent Lucas Harrell to the bullpen, much was asked about who would make his next start. I thought they would keep the rotation as it was and just push starts up with the Astros having two off days in the same week, but I am happy to announce that I am wrong.

I can’t wait to watch Cosart’s debut. He has been one of the Astros’ top prospects since he was traded, and being from Houston, I can’t imagine the joy that he is feeling.

Cosart will be making his debut against none other than David Price, the Rays’ ace. For Cosart, it will be a good test as the Rays are playing some good baseball and are in the middle of a playoff race.

One problem he will have to work with are high expectations. This is Houston’s most anticipated callup since they called up Jordan Lyles in 2011. Another thing is his wildness. As a young pitcher, Cosart is continually developing. He has had his problem with his wildness, and as a result has had his problems with the walks. As of late, however, he has cut down on the walks and has really turned in a nice year at Triple-A.

Before his callup, Cosart’s went 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA in Triple-A, recording 93 strikeouts in 93 innings and walked 50 batters.

As you can see, he did a good job of limiting the hits, and also limiting runs scoring off of walks. The main thing to look for in Cosart’s debut is his walks. This will dictate whether or not he is successful, and I ultimately believe he will be.

The Astros have sent down Jimmy Paredes in order to make room for Cosart. Justin Maxwell will be reinstated from the DL on Friday, so another move will be made. I expect to see big man Marc Krauss sent down.

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