Jarred Cosart Shines For Houston Astros, Builds On 2013 Campaign

By Jacob Kornhauser
Jarred Cosart
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Last season, pitcher Jarred Cosart was able to turn heads in Houston while pitching in just 10 games for the Astros. In his short time at the major league level, he went 1-1 with a stellar 1.95 ERA and had Astros management hoping that he could be a building block for the future. He did nothing in his first spring training start to make them feel otherwise.

Getting the start against the Atlanta Braves, Cosart went two innings while allowing no hits or runs and walking just one. While he isn’t going to make batters swing and miss very often, his location and pitch selection have helped him to be a very effective pitcher thus far in his career.

Cosart got the win as his team went on to defeat Atlanta by the score of 7-4. As the team’s projected No. 4 starter to start the season, Astros management must be very pleased with the progress their young pitcher has already shown. It is just spring training and most things should be taken with a grain of salt, but a performance like this went beyond the stuff he showed with his pitches. His approach against professional hitters is what was particularly impressive.

The righty relies heavily on his fastball, which averages almost 95 mph. His put away pitch is his curveball, which he throws about 20 percent of the time and he also mixes a change up in on occasion. If he’s able to improve the effectiveness of his change up, he could really be someone the league is talking about in a couple years.

Again, this is just a spring training game, but the fact that Cosart is picking up where he left off last year is promising. As long as he can continue this type of performance in the regular season and beyond, the Astros’ plan to include him in the future will stay on track.

Jacob Kornhauser is a baseball writer for RantSports.com. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter or add him to your Google+ network. 

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