Jharel Cotton

Born: 01/19/1992 (Age: 27)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: 3/4
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 20th Rd., 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: November 19th, 2015
Dates Seen: 11/10/15
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Glendale Desert Dogs
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Mechanical Notes
Plus arm speed; stab; moderate effort; falls off and front side opens up at peak effort; clean landing.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2016 50 50 Role : #4 starting pitcher Low
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 60 60 90-94 95 Downhill plane with life and run; commands comfortably in low 90's; flattens out at higher velo band.
Downhill plane with life and run; commands comfortably in low 90's; flattens out at higher velo band.
Curveball
Curveball 45 50 77-80 81 Replicates arm speed; 11-to-5 offering w/ solid depth; inconsistent release point.
Replicates arm speed; 11-to-5 offering w/ solid depth; inconsistent release point.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 60 60 76-79 80 Replicates arm speed; extreme fade; deception; effective pitch against both LHH and RHH in any count.
Replicates arm speed; extreme fade; deception; effective pitch against both LHH and RHH in any count.
Overall Summary
Cotton is skinny with an athletic frame, and while there is some concern that he lacks the durability to start, I see a pitcher with three average or better offerings and a clean delivery. I think Cotton will be fine in a starter role with the caveat that he isn't going to be a workhorse. His changeup is a difference maker and a true out pitch that he consistently sequenced with throughout this viewing. Cotton is ready for the majors, and can pitch significant and meaningful innings next season.