From skeptic, cynic and head shaker to upbeat, excited and hopeful. All in one 24-hour period.
That’s what someone like Jarred Cosart can do for fans. And for a team struggling toward another 100-loss season.
This kid can pitch. Without television, it’s the first time I’ve seen him pitch as a major leaguer.
He’s not only a keeper, but looks to be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher for years to come. And, everything that Ed Wade hoped for when he made the trade. Gotta figure that Wade — now back in Philadelphia — is taking some good-natured ribbing from folk in the organization after Cosart’s start to his major league career.
Nonetheless, the Cosart’s pitch-and-miss-the-bat routine is catching quite a bit attention, though he quite obviously still needs to perfect his game. He looks smaller than his 6-3, 180 frame, and pitchers more like a 6-5, 215 guy. More importantly, he seems to have command of his pitches and knows when to throw his repertoire.
Which brings me to this short discussion point today: Other than George Springer, which players in the system or currently in Houston do you drool over? Which ones do you believe will have the Cosart-effect rather than the Chris Burke-effect?
Other than Springer and Carlos Correa, here are the Top 5 can’t-wait-to-see candidates for me:
- Jonathan Singleton. Still think he’ll make a difference in a big way.
- Nolan Fontana. Surprise, darkhorse. Great eye at the plate, good defense.
- Asher Wojciechowski. Like Cosart, seems to know how to miss the bat. Can’t wait to see him back-to-back with Cosart.
- Mark Appel. Any list should include him. Rough start, but here’s a hunch he could be in Houston late 2014.
- Lance McCullers/Mike Foltynewicz. Okay, I’m pitcher-happy, but the Astros have a shot at a dominant rotation for the next decade and these two could be part of that.
Chris Burke effect. Yes, I’m hoping there are more Cosarts than Burkes, but here are a few I have concerns about:
- Delino Deshields. Yes, he may still work out. He’s hitting .310 right now, but 2014 could tell a lot more.
- Singleton. Yep, he’s on both lists. Hoping his 2013 is just a get-back-in-the-swing-of-things after the drug suspension, but his season is worrisome.
- Jordan Lyles. No, not a prospect, of course, but not sure where he fits. His relief stint may also be an indication the Astros have concerns, though he could clearly develop into a solid middle rotation guy.
Your thoughts? Your lists?