by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/30/2013) Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday that pitching prospect Jarred Cosart is nearly ready for the major leagues, MLB.com reports.
"Jarred Cosart is a starting pitcher in our organization, and we don't have a spot in our starting rotation," Luhnow told MLB.com. "Will that change later on this summer? Maybe. Is Jarred ready to be in the big league rotation right now? I don't know the answer to that. I think he's close. There are some things we want him to improve on.
"He is improving and working on it, and the pitching coaches are working with him. He's demonstrated so far this year the ability to succeed at the Triple-A level, which is great. As we've seen numerous times, success in the minors doesn't always translate to success in the big leagues. There's no real rush, and we want him to be comfortable and make sure he's in the position he has the highest chances of succeeding."
Cosart is 5-2 with a 2.65 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.
Jarred Cosart's arrival not imminent after all
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/8/2013) The Astros still need a fifth starter, but apparently it won't be Jarred Cosart anytime soon. The Houston Chronicle reports that Cosart, along with first base prospect Jonathan Singleton, are months -- and not weeks or days -- away from getting callled up.
In a recent analysis, I recommended Cosart as a pickup for owners in deeper leagues. Clearly, there isn't as much urgency now, but he is still worth stashing in AL-only leagues, if not in deeper mixed league formats. The 22-year-old remains on a roll, getting 10 strikeouts over 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his most recent start. When the Astros feel that Cosart is ready, they shouldn't have any problem finding room for him in their beleaguered rotation.
Now is the time to claim Jarred Cosart
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (5/6/2013) With Erik Bedard getting demoted to the bullpen, the Astros have a rotation vacancy to fill this Friday. Jarred Cosart is slated to start at Triple-A Oklahoma City Tuesday, so he's unlikely to open their series against the Rangers, but it still may not be long before the young righty makes his big league debut.
The Astros have a bevy of rotation options, including Paul Clemens, Dallas Keuchel, Travis Blackley and Jose Cisnero, currently in long relief roles, but none should be a major roadblock for Cosart. After pitching to contact in the lower levels of the minors, Cosart has been getting whiffs since getting promoted to Triple-A last year.
Once Cosart gets the call, there will likely be a rush to pick him up, especially in deeper leagues. Get Cosart now and stash him, while he is still available in 95 percent of the leagues on CBSSports.com.
Astros have starting decisions to make
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) The Astros have made a change to their starting rotation. Manager Bo Porter has removed Brad Peacock and sent him to the bullpen. The team hasn't decided who will replace him Thursday against Detroit, though CBS Sports Baseball Insider Danny Knobler has some thoughts on the matter.
Houston's best possibility to replace Peacock comes in Jordan Lyles, who would be on normal rest for Thursday if called up. He is 2-2 with a 5.32 ERA over six games and five starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jarred Cosart is another option. He has better numbers than Lyles. He is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA over five appearances and four starts with the RedHawks, including 23 Ks over 22 innings.
The last options could come from the bullpen in long men Paul Clemens or Jose Cisnero. Through 25 games, the Astros' starters have the highest ERA in the majors at 6.34 and have pitched the fewest number of innings per start at 4.6.
Jarred Cosart leading Triple-A rotation
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Astros starting pitcher Jarred Cosart has been on top of his game at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-handed hurler is 2-0 with a 1.02 ERA and .161 opponents' batting average through four appearances (three starts).
Cosart hasn't allowed more than one run in any of his four outings, yielding two runs on 10 hits and five walks in 17 2/3 innings. He also has 21 strikeouts.
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/10/2013) Astros starting pitcher prospect Jarred Cosart had a rough outing Sunday against the Phillies. Pitching in relief, Cosart allowed four runs on three hits and one walk in 1 2/3 innings. He also hit a pair of batters and struck out one. Cosart, who made his fourth spring appearance (three relief), saw his ERA rise from 4.50 to 8.22.
Cosart struggles in first spring outing
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/4/2013) Houston top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart made his first spring start on Monday against the Tigers. Cosart did not pitch well as he allowed four hits, three runs and four walks over two-plus innings, reports MLB.com. "I know I've got five, six, seven more times out before Spring Training is over," he said. "I have to put this one behind me. Any time I can make an impression with the coaching staff and front office -- whoever happens to be here -- it's huge for me. I can take some positives, but I know for the most part what I need to work on, which is going to be huge for me going forward."
Start coming for Cosart
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/27/2013) Astros pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, who hasn't been ruled out of winning a rotation spot this spring, pitched two scoreless innings of relief Wednesday at the Blue Jays, giving him four scoreless innings this spring. Following Alex White and Wesley Wright, who pitched the first three innings, he allowed one hit, issued one walk and recorded one strikeout. According to MLB.com, he's expected to start when he makes his next appearance. "Its a little different as far as warming up and stuff," he said of starting. "I like to go out there pretty early before a game and get going. Im in big league camp for the first time so Ill go with my role and whatever they want me to do, Ill do. Ive adjusted well to it. Well see what happens from here, but hopefully I can get back in the starting routine."
Cosart being viewed as starter
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/11/2013) The Houston Chronicle reports Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said the club views pitching prospect Jarred Cosart as a starter. Luhnow floated the idea this offseason of Cosart being converted to a closer. Luhnow also said he isn't committing to Cosart opening the year at Triple-A. He said the Astros have openings in the starting rotation as spring training begins.