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We have all read enough about George Springer to satiate our “who’s the next Mike Trout?” fix for the time being. And while Springer might indeed get thrown to the wolves in short order, the two Astros farmhands acquired in the Hunter Pence trade with Philadelphia back in 2011 deserve immediate attention as well: right-handed pitcher Jarred Cosart and left-handed hitting first baseman Jonathan Singleton.
Cosart, who turned 23 in May, is a lanky 6’3 with an athletic, cross-fire delivery. The two-time Futures Game invitee has enjoyed success in his first full AAA (PCL) experience, albeit, not without trials and tribulations.
The good: He’s allowed just 51 hits in 69 2/3 innings, holding opposing hitters to a .201 batting average and an even stingier .185 against lefties. He hasn’t allowed more than six hits in any start. As has become his standard, Cosart is inducing ground balls at a feverishly high rate of 2.57 GO/AO and has been taken deep only three ...