The Houston Astros’ trade of Hunter Pence to the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night sent the former Arlington-area high school player into the middle of the National League playoff hunt.
In return, they’re hoping that a 2008 Clear Creek grad will soon come home to help them to future playoff runs.
Pence, one of the season’s hottest trade commodities, was dealt to Philadelphia on Friday night for three young Phillie prospects, including former Clear Creek Wildcat pitcher Jarred Cosart.
Pitcher Josh Zeid, first baseman Jonathan Singleton and a player to be named later were also part of the trade for Pence and cash considerations from the Astros.
As Rotoworld.com states, “Cosart immediately becomes the best pitching prospect in the Astros’ system.”
If things go according to plan, the Astros would hope that Cosart would in the future join Bud Norris and Jordan Lyles as the nucleus of a young pitching staff that would return them to contending status.
Cosart just turned 21 in May. The righthander has compiled a 3.67 ERA in roughly two-and-a-half seasons of minor league ball. In 20 games this season at Clearwater, Cosart had a 9-8 record and 3.92 ERA in 108 innings pitched.
He has a plus fastball, a sharp-breaking curveball, and what has been described as a “developing” change-up.
Cosart is listed at 6-3, 180 pounds. He’s being groomed to be a hard-throwing starter and scouts and observers throughout pro baseball seem to agree he has potential to be a very good pro pitcher.
Cosart has made considerable progress over a short period of time since leaving Clear Creek.
After sliding to the 38th round in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Cosart has worked his way into Baseball America’s top 100 minor league prospects—at No. 43—in his third year of pro ball.
Cosart was selected for the U.S. squad in the 2010 MLB Futures Game, which showcases the top players in the minor leagues as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star game festivities. Among ten pitchers selected, he was one of two Class A pitchers named to the team.
At Clear Creek, Cosart was a huge threat at the plate for head coach Jim Mallory’s teams. He broke Jay Buhner’s Clear Creek school record for single-season batting average in 2008, hitting .506.
But it was his fastball, at times clocked at 96 mph in high school, which got him drafted by the Phillies and paid what was reported to be a signing bonus well above the average for a lower-round pick.
After his senior season for the Wildcats, scouting reports touted his “solid footwork, unbelievable arm strength, quick clean arm action on the mound, balanced delivery (and) nice extension.”
With the trade, Cosart has reportedly also earned a promotion to Double-AA Corpus Christi, where he will attempt to continue his progress for the Hooks.
And, Astros and Clear Creek fans alike hope that progress will soon bring him home to be a big part of brighter days in the near future.