Stellar Debuts – Brandon Workman & Jarred Cosart
Yesterday, a subscriber asked my opinion about whether or not he should start Jarred Cosart in his Major League debut. of course I said, “No, he’s too risky.” Even though Cosart is known for both a plus fastball and curveball, his command has always been iffy at best. 4.84 BB/9 in Triple-A just can’t be spun into something positive.
For me personally, what’s I’ve seen on television has been troubling as well. Like Trevor Bauer and Kevin Gausman, Cosart works up in the strike zone with his fastball quite a bit. What’s interesting is he’s never been home run prone. Julio Teheran wasn’t either, but that changed at the game’s highest level.
What might separate Cosart from the other pitchers mentioned in terms of short term success is his fastball movement. In my time at the park, I’ve seen a number of pitching prospects throw fastballs with life down in the zone. While impressive, it’s not unique.
A rarity is a pitcher with explosive life up in the zone. Fastballs up are also generally flat. The first time through the league, big league hitters may have trouble adjusting to Cosart’s giddy up. However, they’ll eventually adjust and Cosart will be forced to throw strikes — especially with the curveball — consistently. I’m not sure it’s possible.
If I were a Cosart owner, I’d be trying to deal him, although many of the same knocks on the right-hander were the same levied against Bud Norris.
As for Brandon Workman, his debut as a starter exceeded all expectation. I saw him twice the year after being drafted with mixed results. When on, he’s a 7th/8th inning reliever, or back end starter. I’ve all seen him pitch like an up-and-down guy as well. If he settles in as a swing man capable of filling in the margins.
At his best, he’s up to 94 with a sinking fastball. It’s an impressive pitch. Long term, I don’t think he’s a viable rotation option though.
As for the Future’s Game, I haven’t watched it yet. Unfortunately, it’s a little difficult to talk the family into sitting around the TV for three hours on a Sunday afternoon. In general, I’ll watch games like this over the course of a week before the family wakes up. This way, I’m able to take notes, replay at bats and concentrate. Plus, fast forwarding through commercials beneficial as well.
However, I do know Arismendy Alcantara dropped a bomb on the U.S. team. Funny to think he entered the game as a, “Small player without much pop.” This was the knock on him because one source reported it, and a number of other prospect writers became the herd. It’s a great example of how important it is to know where information your favorite prospect writers share really comes from.
Far too often, one report is repeated over and over again until it’s magically true. Be discriminating. It’s great to use many sources, but value them according to where the information originated.
30 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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