IP 443
ERA 3.962
WHIP 1.352
BB/9 3.941
SO/9 8.553
  • Full name Neal James Cotts
  • Born 03/25/1980 in Lebanon, IL
  • Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Illinois State
  • Debut 08/12/2003
  • Drafted in the 2nd round (69th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2001 (signed for $525,000).
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    Cotts shows why movement matters as much as velocity. He's not a soft tosser by any means, as his 88-89 mph is plenty good for a lefthander. He gets outs with his fastball because it runs in on lefties and away from righties, and it also will explode down or show a little hop at times. His curveball has nice break but is inconsistent, and his changeup is a decent third pitch. He's durable, too, having thrown five consecutive complete games at midseason. Included in that run was a 2-0 shutout of Southwest Missouri States in front of several scouts there to see Cotts match up with lefty John Rheinecker, a possible second-round pick.

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