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July 11, 2013

Astros call up Jarred Cosart to start Friday

David Coleman
The Port Arthur News

HOUSTON — The Astros made a pretty significant roster move shortly after losing 5-4 to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night. Heralded right-handed pitching prospect Jarred Cosart was called up to make Friday's start against Tampa Bay, with outfielder Jimmy Paredes sent back to Oklahoma City.

The 23-year old Cosart was acquired from Philadelphia in the Hunter Pence deal in 2011, along with first baseman Jonathan Singleton, outfielder Domingo Santana and right-handed reliever Josh Zeid. He is one of the most advanced pitching prospects in the system, was ranked as the No. 89 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and made a significant step forward this season in his results at Triple-A.

In Oklahoma City, Cosart struck out 93 batters in 93 innings while walking 50. That 9.0 K/9 rate is easily his minor league best, though his walk rate has stayed high. In Cosart's favor is his stuff, where he mixes a heavy, mid-90s fastball with a great ground ball rate. He also has a hard curve and a developing changeup.

Cosart will start Friday night opposite Tampa Bay’s David Price. Houston announced that Dallas Keuchel will start Saturday and Erik Bedard will start Sunday’s game.

General manager Jeff Luhnow would not commit to whether this is a permanent promotion for Cosart or just a spot start. Houston needs another piece to its rotation after demoting starter Lucas Harrell to the bullpen earlier this week.