Posted: Jul 23, 2012 10:22 PM by Drew Collins - email@example.com
Updated: Jul 23, 2012 10:48 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Hooks pitcher Jarred Cosart is well on his way to being a big leaguer. The right-handed pitcher was ranked the 50th best prospect by Baseball America after the 2011 season. Oh, and by the way, he can hit triple digits MPH with his fastball. The 22-year-old has been on a nice run as of late, allowing six earned runs in his past five starts. "I sat in the dugout for four games and watched the other guys pitch, watched what down in the strike zone really is," Cosart said. "I was able to carry it over to my bullpens and out to the games. The past five or six starts have been great for me and I hope to carry it over to the last two months of the year."
But it hasn't always been easy for Cosart, who thought he'd be drafted in the top five rounds of the 2008 MLB Draft. The Hooks right-hander ended up slipping to the 38th round. Cosart still isn't sure why he fell down so many draft boards. "At the time, I had an advisor who didn't stay in contact with me, so there was a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes," said Cosart, who eventually fired the advisor during the draft. "My Dad had called the Major League Baseball front office and said we were no longer with (the advisor). About five minutes later I got drafted. My Dad actually worked out my signing bonus deal by himself."
Cosart was now a professional baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies, but more adversity was on the way: injuries. He suffered a Lat injury in his first year of pro ball and then inflammation in his elbow the second year. "I was a bummer. A lot of it goes to learning professional baseball," Cosart said. "I had never thrown that much. The travel and all that stuff took a toll on me being away from home."
Onto his third year of pro ball, which was injury free. On July 30th, 2011 Cosart got a call that he had been traded to the Houston Astros as part of the deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia. Since then, he has been a member of the Corpus Christi Hooks. "It's one of the best teams I've played on. Great coaches, facilities, everything. It's been awesome this year."
Look for the letters Cosart on the back of an Astros jersey in the near future. The motivation is there. "I'm coming back home, I have a chance to live in my hometown, 20 minutes from the ballpark and go to work everyday" Cosart said about one day becoming a Houston Astro. "Do what I love, and I've got family friends and the whole nine yards there. So that's definitely exciting and hopefully be there soon."
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