Astros' Cosart Anxious To Make The Jump
HOUSTON—No matter how small the opening may be, Astros righthander Jarred Cosart
plans to squeeze through the hole.
Cosart, 22, is aiming for a spot on Houston's Opening Day roster. The
promotion is possible but unlikely, as Cosart appears to be bound for
Triple-A Oklahoma City after participating in major league spring
training camp in Kissimmee, Fla.
But the Astros' only lock in the bullpen is would-be closer Jose Veras
, and even he will enter camp surrounded by questions.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Cosart was a combined 6-7, 3.30 in 21 games (20
starts) for Oklahoma City and Double-A Corpus Christi last season. He
throws with a powerful arm that produces a moving sinker, mid-90s
fastball, power curve and straight change.
A member of the club's 40-man roster, Cosart is exactly the type of
young arm Houston will need to have any hope of moving forward in the
highly competitive American League West. Whether Cosart remains a
starter or closer has yet to be determined. But if the former Phillies
prospect, acquired in the Hunter Pence
deal in 2011, has his way, he'll
gauge his future with the Astros instead of Oklahoma City.
"To be in the major leagues and to contribute at a young age is
everyone's goal," said Cosart, the Phillies' 38th-round pick in 2008 who
signed for a $550,000 bonus. "Whatever they want me to do: If I've got
to fill up water and run down to the bullpen between innings, I don't
care. I'll start, relieve, close—whatever they need me to do."
Cosart's eagerness and confidence have already made an impression on
first-year Houston manager Bo Porter. Cosart recently participated in
the Astros' annual CAREavan, teaming with big leaguers such as Carlos
Pena and Jose Altuve
. Porter wants fiery, fearless athletes on his
rebuilding team. Those attributes define Cosart.
"Making the team, playing for (Porter), staying on the team: If you play
hard and give 100 percent, obviously, the results will come," Cosart
said. "That's how he's going to build his team."
• The Astros' teardown continued when they traded shortstop Jed Lowrie
and righthander Fernando Rodriguez
to the Athletics for first baseman
, righty Brad Peacock
and catcher Max Stassi
. Carter is out
of major league options.
• Veteran righthander Edgar Gonzalez
, who made six starts for Houston
last season, helped Mexico's Yaquis de Ciudad Obregon win the Caribbean