Red Sox tab right-hander Jake Cosart in third round

June 06, 2014 - 10:01 am
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The Red Sox started their second day of the draft by selecting 20-year-old right-hander Jake Cosart out of Seminole State College in Florida. Jake is the brother of Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart, who saw his velocity jump in 2014 from the high-80s to the low- to mid-90s, topping out at 98 mph. The 6-foot-2 right-hander (ranked as the No. 97 draft prospect by Baseball America -- just ahead of where he was selected by the Sox with the No. 103 pick -- is relatively new to piching, and went 5-3 with a 5.34 ERA along with 67 strikeouts and 23 walks in 64 innings as a redshirt freshman (following a transfer from Duke) in 2014. In addition to his fastball, Cosart also throws a curveball, developed a slider that showed promise during the 2014 season and, as one might expect from someone who's relatively new to the mound, he's trying to learn a changeup. Jim Callis of MLB.com has a fascinating look at Cosart's unexpected emergence into a pitching prospect this year. Here's MLB.com's video of Cosart Your browser does not support iframes.

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