Updated – Congrats to 2010 BlueClaw Jarred Cosart, who was sparkling in his big league debut last night, throwing eight scoreless innings with the Astros in beating David Price.
“It’s crazy that just happened,” said Cosart, who struck out two and walked three on 96 pitches (55 strikes). “I just talked to MLB Network and that’s just like — I was 7 years old and you see guys like Harold Reynolds talking on TV. It’s the best moment of my life right now. I can’t imagine it any other way.”
“My heart was going a million miles an hour,” Cosart said. “I was just hoping I could get the ball down. My curveball and my changeup were huge for me tonight.
“The name of the game is getting balls down, changing speeds — and I was able to do to that in the first and establish it early.”
The BlueClaws will add to their Shore to the Show page tonight when Jarred Cosart becomes the 51st for BlueClaw to appear in a Major League game. He’ll start tonight for the Astros in Tampa Bay.
He’ll be the second player to debut this year, following Jonathan Pettibone, his 2010 BlueClaws teammate.
Cosart was a 38th round pick of the Phillies in 2008 and spent 2010 with Lakewood, going 7-3 with a 3.79 ERA before an injury prematurely ended his season on June 26th.
He spent the beginning of 2011 with Clearwater before being traded to Houston in the Hunter Pence trade (with Jonathan Singleton, Josh Zeid, and Domingo Santana, all former BlueClaws).
This year, he’s 7-4, 3.29 in Triple-A Oklahoma City and will make his big league debut tonight.
He charted pitches in the stands in Round Rock, Texas, on Wednesday night and was called on the carpet in the middle of the clubhouse afterward by OKC manager Tony DeFrancesco for wearing flip-flops, even though he wore sneakers. With Cosart’s teammates around him, DeFrancesco told Cosart the real reason he summoned him: He was going to the Majors.
From the Houston Chronicle - Astros GM Jeff Lunhow on Cosart:
Decision to promote Cosart: “He has a full half season in Triple-A and sometimes the results don’t match how we feel about his performance, because we ask him to work on certain things — asking him to work on his changeup, work on his offspeed pitches to complement what we know is a pretty electric fastball. And he’s been doing that and the way we track results is not necessarily hits or runs, it’s more about what the coaches are saying and how we’re evaluating his performance. And he’s done well and he’s done everything we asked him to do. So when this opportunity came up and we needed a starter before the All-Star break, he definitely was at the top of the list.”
Good luck to Jarred!