Posted July 13, 2013

Astros’ Jarred Cosart on being sent down after near-no-hitter: ‘It’s motivation’

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Astros prospect Jarred Cosart allowed just two hits in eight shutout innings in his MLB debut on Friday. (J.Meric/Getty Images)

Although the move was part of the Astros’ plans even before Jarred Cosart nearly threw a no-hitter in his MLB debut, the 23-year-old top pitching prospect said it was “tough” nonetheless to get sent back down to Triple-A Oklahoma City after the game.

The move allows Cosart to start on regular rest during the major-league All-Star break, then return when Houston next needs a No. 5 starter on July 23.

The right-hander posted a 3.29 ERA in 93 Triple-A innings before being called up for his Friday night debut. He was acquired from the Phillies in the 2010 trade for Hunter Pence, moving to Double-A in 2011 before being called up to Oklahoma City near the end of last season.

From The Houston Chronicle‘s Brian T. Smith:

But he sounded as determined to become a full-time Astro as he did before spring training, when the League City native said he was willing to carry teammates’ water just to be a part of the 25-man roster.

“Motivation. I mean, 100 percent,” Cosart said. “I don’t think that’s a fact of them not believing that I can pitch here. They told me right now, you’re hopefully going to pitch here for a long time. I want to be a Houston Astro for a long time.

“So, you know it’s kind of tough after an outing like that. But it is what it is. I know I’m not a perfected pitcher. There’s a lot of things that I can work on that even may be really good — I want to be the best. So I’ll go down there and do whatever I’ve got to do and I want to be back here soon. And hopefully they can get on a run and win some games and when I come back up here it’s a great atmosphere and we just go from there.”


8 comments
ma346508
ma346508

"He was acquired from the Phillies in the 2010 trade for Hunter Pence"

The trade was in 2011

John4
John4

Wow Astros - Nice way to de-motivate your best pitcher.  He's worked his entire baseball career to get to the majors, and when he finally gets there, he has the game of his life and then you demote him?  Your idiocy is mind numbing.   

drm166
drm166

@John4 That's what spot starts are.  Everybody calls up guys to pitch one game, knowing they'll be sent down no matter how they do.  Usually teams leave prospects in the minors and call up veterans to make those starts, but either way, it's just one start.  I'm sure he'll get back up soon.

Josh H
Josh H

@John4 Your idiocy is showing through.... he's just being sent down to get in a start over the All-Star Break.  His next turn in the rotation won't be until the 23rd, why would he want to sit on the pine for 10 days when he can pitch again on the 18th and still make his next pro start?  Use some critical thinking skills, or at least read the whole article before commenting.

John4
John4

@drm166 drm - thank you for the respectful nature of your post.  Here's my issue:  Players work their entire minor league career for their shot at the major leagues.  When and if they get there they want to prove they belong.  Based on Cosart's performance, it appears that he belongs in the majors.  The Astros, being a last place team, need all the help they can get.  They got some with Cosart.  The problem is sending a guy back to the minors is that the club is telling him that he's still minor league quality.  Cosart is smart enough to know that his performance indicates he's major league worthy.  So why send him back down?  On the 25 man Astro Roster, is every pitcher better than Cosart?  If not, demote someone else.  As to the statement by the Astros, that he will be able to get in his work on a normal rotation in Triple A, well, that's just ridiculous and insulting to Cosart.  Are they sending down ALL of their young pitchers in order for all of them to get in work during the All Star break?  No.  Just Cosart.  Maybe the Astros would not be a last place club if they could figure out how to get in practice time at the major league level.  When you send a guy whose performance at the major league level indicates he belongs in the major leagues, it comes across as disrespectful and condescending.  Cosart proved (FOR NOW) that he belongs in the majors.  To send him back to Triple A after his performance has to really be hurting him inside.  

John4
John4

@Josh H @John4 He has the game of his life and gets demoted.  There was no other solution?  The Astros couldn't have kept him on the major league roster and have him pitch a few simulated games during the All Star break?  Do you really think that rewarding a player who has the game of his life in his major league debut by sending him back to the minors is a great way to treat a player.  Nice way to essentially tell him that he doesn't belong.  

Action
Action

@John4 - There is already a date set for him to come back up and pitch in the majors, and the All Star Game isn't going to get in the way of his development again.  He's a 23 year old rookie, and they have a plan for him to pitch one more Triple A game.  He'll be fine, and he's getting paid to pitch, so it's not an insult.  You're overreacting.