Jarred Cosart

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Jarred Lynn Cosart

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Jarred Cosart opened 2010 in A ball and was part of a major trade the following season.

Cosart was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 38th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Steve Cohen and made his pro debut with the 2009 GCL Phillies, going 2-2 with a 2.22 ERA, 25 whiffs in 24 1/3 innings and a .143 opponent average. Moving up to the Lakewood Blue Claws in 2010, he began 7-2 with a 3.44 ERA, 77 strikeouts and 15 walks in 70 2/3 innings. He was picked for the US roster in the 2010 Futures Game. An injury forced him to be removed from the US team.

In 2011, he went 9-8, 3.92, in 20 games with the Clearwater Phillies. He was named once again to the US team for the 2011 Futures Game, and this time not only did he get to play, but he earned the win by pitching a scoreless 8th inning against the world team. On July 29th, he was one of four young players sent by the Phillies to the Houston Astros in return for All-Star OF Hunter Pence. Jonathan Singleton and Josh Zeid were the two other prospects named in the trade, and Domingo Santana was sent in August to complete the trade.

Cosart had a tremendous major league debut for the Astros on July 12, 2013. Facing defending Cy Young Award winner David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays on a good day, he took a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a one-out single to Ben Zobrist. He gave up another hit in the 8th, then was lifted in favor of reliever Jose Veras after walking pinch-hitter Kelly Johnson to lead off the 9th. Johnson was erased on a double play, but Veras gave up an unearned run. However, the Astros had scored a pair of runs in the 1st before being shut down by Price the rest of the way and were able to hold on for a 2-1 win, Cosart's first in the big leagues. His next start came for the Pacific Coast League in the 2013 AAA All-Star Game on July 17th, but he gave up four runs in 1 2/3 innings, including a three-run homer to Tony Sanchez, to be charged with the 4-3 loss. He made 9 more starts for Houston during the second half of the season, ending up with a record of 1-1 and 1.95 ERA in 60 innings. He was a victim of a lack of support form his offense, which scored 3 runs or less in 6 of the 10 games he started, while he gave up 3 runs or less in 9 of his 10 starts, and only 4 runs in the other.

Following his strong performance as a rookie, the Astros named Cosart their number two starter heading into the 2014 season. In his first start of the year against the New York Yankees on April 2nd, he pitched quite well, giving up no runs in 5 innings to be credited with his team's 3-1 win. He justified his position by going 9-7, 4.41 in 20 starts for Houston. On July 31st, however, he was traded to the Miami Marlins, who were in the unlikely position of being contenders in the NL East but needed another starter. In the second major trade of his career, he was accompanied by IF/OF Enrique Hernandez and minor leaguer Austin Wates while the Astros continued to add prospects, with Jake Marisnick, Colin Moran and Francis Martes headed to the Lone Star State. he pitched very well for the Marlins, going 4-4, 2.39 in 10 starts, even if the team did not in the end manage to make a real run at the postseason.

In spring training of 2015, Cosart apparently ran afoul of baseball's strict laws against gambling. Major League Baseball announced in a statement that it was investigating the issue and that in the interim, Cosart's Twitter account, where the alleged problematic acts had taken place, was being deleted. While details were sparse, Cosart hinted that unknown persons had taken advantage of his account to circulate betting-related information and that he was caught off guard; he added that he was cooperating fully with the investigation.

On July 29, 2016, he was involved in a major trade for the third time of his career. This one had him headed to the San Diego Padres alongside Carter Capps, Josh Naylor and Luis Castillo in return for Andrew Cashner, Tayron Guerrero and Colin Rea.

Jarred's brother Jake Cosart was a third-round pick in the 2014 amateur draft. His grandfather, Ed Donnelly, also pitched in the majors.

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