Jarred Cosart opened 2016 in the Miami rotation, but was quickly demoted to Triple-A after a dismal start to the season. An oblique injury prolonged his time in the minors, and Cosart was eventually flipped to San Diego in July. The Padres continued to use him as a starter, but the results remained poor as he's never been close to replicating his late-2014 success. With 367 MLB innings under his belt, Cosart's days as a starter are likely nearing an end, but the Padres' dire need for back-end arms could leave him in the mix to push for a starting job again during spring training. Ideally, he would be converted to a relief role, where his fastball velocity would tick up in max-effort situations. Even then, Cosart will need to reduce his walk rate (career 11.4 percent) in order to earn high-leverage work. His 2017 role may also hinge on his recovery from October surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow, but he's expected to be ready for the start of spring training.
Cosart gave up two runs on five hits in a four-inning start Sunday. He struck out two and walked none in a loss to the Reds. Cosart is one of several options fighting for one of the Padres' final two rotation spots this spring. Monday was also the first time the veteran righty was allowed to go longer than 1.2 innings in Cactus League action. The 26-year-old has been effective in his three appearances, posting a 4.05 ERA with a 4:1 K:BB. The improved control -- albeit in a small sample size -- is notable after he struggled with it last season (6.2 BB/9). This improvement may be a direct result of an adjustment to his delivery this past offseason. Manager Andy Green has yet to announce who will fill his remaining rotation and bullpen spots, but he mentioned that minor league options (or lack thereof) could factor into his decision. Cosart's progress this spring and lack of options make him a logical pick to make the Opening Day roster.
Cosart made an adjustment to his delivery with pitching coach Darren Balsley this offseason in an effort to improve his command, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Cosart's adjustment keeps his hands lower in his windup, shortening and freeing his delivery. The change has provided early returns for the 26-year-old, as he has walked just one batter in 2.2 innings this spring after posting a horrid 6.0 BB/9 in 2016. Cosart is currently competing for one of the Padres' final two rotation spots out of camp. Even if he makes the rotation, it would behoove owners to take a "wait-and-see" approach with the erratic pitcher.
Cosart didn't allow a hit in his return to action Saturday, walking one and striking out two in an inning of work against the Diamondbacks. All went well for the right-hander in his spring debut and first appearance since undergoing offseason surgery. "Everything felt great. My arm feels really good," Cosart said afterwards. After a rough 2016 campaign that saw him post a 6.00 ERA and more walks (39) than strikeouts (38), the 26-year-old will look to bounce back for the Padres in 2017. He is currently competing for the last rotation spot, but if he's unable to lock that down, he'll look to move to the bullpen.
Cosart is currently competing for a rotation spot in San Diego, but he could end up as a reliever if he doesn't make the cut, reports. Cosart -- who underwent elbow surgery this past offseason -- had a season to forget in 2016, finishing with an ugly 6.00 ERA and had more walks issued than strikeouts. The loose bodies in his elbow may have contributed to the poor results, but he never had extended periods of success as a starter prior to last season. If Cosart's arm is healthy and he can get his fastball velocity back into the mid-to-high 90s, then a move to the bullpen could help revive his career. As a starter, he won't have much fantasy value heading into the season.
Cosart will compete for a starting job in the Padres' rotation this spring, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Cosart successfully underwent surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow in October and will enter camp competing for a starting job. Despite having a 6.00 ERA and a walk rate higher than his strikeout rate (6.2 BB/9 to 6.0 K/9), the veteran righty still has a decent shot to make the Padres' rotation given how poor the competition will be. Even if he were to make the rotation, he would have to show improvements on the mound before fantasy owners would take notice.