Be sure to read Thursday’s earlier post.
Let the party — and the parade — begin. The Astros called up top pitching prospect Jarred Cosart overnight.
Is this is a very telling move or just another step in the still-crawling Jeff Luhnow reconstruction project?
Think about this:
- The Astros could have delayed the promotion by a couple of weeks, even if they intended to replace Lucas Harrell long-term in the rotation. By using a make-shift starter such as Brett Oberholtzer this weekend, the All Star break would have bought the time to give Cosart another minor league start and prevent the start of the proverbial time-served clock.
- Is the promotion revealing of Luhnow’s hand and intentions to shake up the roster during the break? Is Bud Norris, Erik Bedard or even Harrell slated to be moved before the trade deadline in a couple of weeks? Perhaps, and this move provides Cosart with a bit of a cushion to get his feet on the ground before the revolving doors start spinning.
- Or, it could simply be a one-start callup. Somewhat doubtful, however, that the Astros would waste that type of maneuver on one of the organization’s top pitching prospect, but it’s possible that Cosart comes up for one start, then back to OKC for more seasoning.
It’s the first major prospect to hit the big leagues under Luhnow’s watch. If he’s successful or sticks with the club, can George Springer or even Asher Wojciechowski be far behind?
Thoughts on the promotion?