• Full name Magdiel Thomas Cotto
  • Born 06/24/2002 in Charlotte, NC
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 225 / Bats: L / Throws: L
  • School Kentucky
  • Drafted in the 11th round (317th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2023 (signed for $197,500).
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    School: Kentucky Source: 4YR

    Commit/Drafted: Never Drafted
    Age At Draft: 21.1
    Cotto’s fastball took a huge step forward during his senior season in high school (going from 86-91 mph the previous summer to touching 95-96), but he made it to campus at South Carolina, where he struggled out of the bullpen. Cotto transferred to Kentucky for the 2022 season and continued to get hit around as a starter and reliever but started to turn the corner last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he ranked as the No. 19 prospect. Cotto’s command improved during the summer, and he threw his fastball for strikes 70% of the time with Hyannis, while posting a 2.67 ERA over nine games and 27 innings. That didn’t translate to the SEC, as the rate fell back to 63% in 2023 with Kentucky, and the 6-foot-4, 250-pound lefty posted a 5.50 ERA over 18 innings as a reliever with a 31.7% strikeout rate and 11% walk rate. He averaged 93 mph with his fastball and has been up to 97, and mixes in a hard and tight slider in the mid 80s as well as a mid-to-upper-80s tumbling changeup. Cotto has a bit of effort and recoil in his delivery, and his college usage, performance and strikes history suggests he’s a reliever in pro ball, though there’s probably some untapped potential and remaining room for development as well.

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  • Pittsburgh Pirates signed LHP Magdiel Cotto.

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