HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Astros called up highly rated prospect Starting Pitcher Jarred Cosart after Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Cosart is the 4th best prospect in the Astros farm system per Jonathan Mayo, MLB.com’s prospect expert. The League City native will make his 1st major league start Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, starting opposite 2012 AL Cy Young winner David Price.
The Astros have room to add to their starting rotation after demoting starting pitcher Lucas Harrell (5-9 with a 5.06 ERA) to the bullpen over the weekend. Cosart, who has spent his season so far at AAA Oklahoma City RedHawks, has managed a 3.29 ERA in the 18 games he pitched. Over 93 innings, he has amassed 93 strikeouts while giving up just five homeruns. Batters are averaging just .213 against the top prospect who brings a mid-90 mph fastball and good curveball and change-up.
Cosart’s move to the Astros farm system came when former GM Ed Wade pulled the trigger on a deal in 2011 that sent All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence to the Phillies for Jonathan Singleton (AAA), Jarred Cosart (MLB), Domingo Santana (AA), and Josh Zeid (AAA). Singleton and Cosart were the big cogs in that deal. Two years later, the deal is paying off as Cosart, the former Clear Creek Wildcat, returns to Houston.
With Cosart pitching Friday, Dallas Keuchel will be pushed to Saturday and Erik Bedard will start Sunday in the Astros rotation.
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