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September 27, 2021 02:28 AM
Rangers' Jharel Cotton: Collects second win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (2-0) allowed a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings, earning the win Sunday over Baltimore.

Starter Dane Dunning only went 4.2 innings, so Cotton ended up with the win after recording the last out in the fifth. The 29-year-old right-hander has been effective in a low-leverage role with a 3.21 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 29:12 K:BB across 28 innings this year, and he's only allowed one run in 14 innings in September. He's added three holds, but Cotton figures to see mainly low-leverage, multi-inning assignments the rest of the way.

September 8, 2021 11:32 PM
Rangers' Jharel Cotton: Earns first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (1-0) allowed a run on two hits and struck out one in one inning, earning the win Wednesday versus Arizona.

This was an awarded win to Cotton, as he pitched the sixth inning after Dennis Santana got the final out of the fifth in relief of starter Kohei Arihara. It was Cotton's first major-league win since 2017 when he was a starter with Oakland. The right-hander has struggled in 18 innings with Texas this year, posting a 5.00 ERA, 1.72 WHIP and 20:9 K:BB that will likely keep him in a low-leverage role most of the time. He's added three holds.

July 30, 2021 10:16 PM
Rangers' Jharel Cotton: Joins big-league roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton's contract was selected by the Rangers on Friday.

Cotton owns an unremarkable 4.95 ERA in 158.1 innings at the big-league level, all of which came in came in 2016 and 2017. He's spent much of the time since then battling elbow injuries, one of which required Tommy John surgery. He's looked good in 42 innings for Triple-A Round Rock, however, cruising to a 3.00 ERA and a 32.6 percent strikeout rate.

March 6, 2021 10:24 AM
Rangers' Jharel Cotton: Slated to pitch Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch in relief during Saturday's spring game against the Diamondbacks.

Cotton had been dealing with shoulder soreness to begin camp, but he threw off a mound in late February and will make his Cactus League debut Saturday. The right-hander should now compete for a major-league roster spot after signing with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee in December.

February 24, 2021 08:52 AM
Rangers' Jharel Cotton: Has shoulder soreness
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Cotton is dealing with shoulder soreness but is expected to throw off a mound Wednesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

This will be Cotton's first time throwing off a mound since training camp opened. He was signed as a non-roster invitee in December.

December 14, 2020 05:12 PM
Rangers' Jharel Cotton: Signs with Rangers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton signed with the Rangers as a non-roster invitee Monday.

Once a fairly promising prospect, Cotton recorded an unremarkable 4.95 ERA in 158.1 innings for Oakland in 2016 and 2017 before seeing his career derailed by Tommy John surgery. He's yet to return to the highest level, most recently spending last season with the Cubs' organization but failing to earn a call-up. He's at least landed with a team short on established arms, but there's little reason to expect a player with his unimpressive track record to make a big impact even if he earns a roster spot.

September 6, 2020 10:24 AM
Jharel Cotton: Released by Cubs
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Cotton was released by the Cubs on Saturday.

The team claimed Ildemaro Vargas off waivers Saturday and released Cotton to make room. The 28-year-old righty never appeared in a big league game for the Cubs and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 when he was with Oakland. He'll now look to latch on with a new club before the condensed 2020 season is over.

August 21, 2020 02:48 PM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Outrighted to alternate camp
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The Cubs outrighted Cotton to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday.

While he'd already been working out at South Bend, he'll stick around as part of the Cubs' 60-man roster pool after Chicago designated him for assignment over the weekend to remove him from the 40-man roster. Cotton hasn't appeared in the majors since 2017, when he posted a 5.58 ERA over 129 innings with Oakland.

August 17, 2020 12:52 AM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Loses roster spot
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The Cubs designated Cotton for assignment Sunday, Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports.

Once a promising pitching prospect in the Oakland organization, Cotton's career has been trending downward after he required Tommy John surgery in March 2018. He hasn't surfaced in the big leagues since undergoing the procedure and will now be exposed to waivers if the Cubs aren't able to work out a trade within the next few days.

July 25, 2020 02:00 AM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Optioned to South Bend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton has been optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site in South Bend and will not be on the Opening Day roster, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Cotton is on the 40-man roster and was competing for a bullpen spot, but he'll instead work in South Bend and offer organizational depth. If he does make it to the majors at some point this year, it'll be his first MLB game action since 2017.

July 2, 2020 12:32 AM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Unlikely to work as sixth starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chicago manager David Ross said he plans on using a five-man rotation to begin the season, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports, which would squeeze Cotton from a potential sixth starter role.

Some MLB teams may deploy six-man rotations to ease the burden on their starters early in the year, but Ross doesn't seem to favor that approach. Tyler Chatwood is the heavy favorite for the fifth starter spot, so that would push Cotton and Alec Mills into potential long-relief roles. Cotton hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in March 2018.

March 24, 2020 08:36 PM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Longshot for rotation spot
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Tyler Chatwood is the favorite for the Cubs' fifth rotation spot, Jordan Bastian of reports, which would likely push Cotton to Triple-A Iowa to begin the season.

Cotton was mentioned as a possible candidate for a rotation spot earlier in the spring, but the battle for the final role has seemingly come down to Chatwood and Alec Mills. Without the benefit of additional Cactus League play to bolster his case, Cotton will likely head to Triple-A and try to find some success in the minors after posting a rough 6.75 ERA in 30.1 innings across two levels last year. The 28-year-old missed all of 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2017.

December 2, 2019 06:04 PM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Avoids arbitration with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton agreed to a one-year, $640,000 deal with the Cubs on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

He will avoid an arbitration hearing with his new team. Cotton, who was acquired earlier this offseason from Oakland in exchange for cash, has not appeared in the big leagues since 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. As things currently stand, Cotton would compete with Alec Mills and Adbert Alzolay for the Cubs' final rotation spot, but they could also add a starter in a trade or free agency.

November 25, 2019 02:48 AM
Cubs' Jharel Cotton: Acquired by Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton was traded from the Athletics to the Cubs on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.

Expectations shouldn't be too high for Cotton, who's heading into his age-28 season having not appeared in the big leagues since 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. He wasn't great prior to that, posting a 4.95 ERA over 29 starts. Still, it's a low-risk flyer on a player who had a moderate amount of hype back when he was a prospect due to his strong changeup.

November 20, 2019 04:28 PM
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Removed from 40-man roster
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Cotton was designated for assignment Wednesday.

Cotton was booted off the roster so the Athletics could protect Daulton Jefferies ahead of the Rule 5 draft. Recovery from Tommy John surgery has kept Cotton out of the big leagues for the last two seasons. He stumbled to a 6.75 ERA in 30.2 rehab innings in 2019.

July 29, 2019 03:48 PM
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Activated, optioned to minors
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Cotton (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, Mark Feinsand of reports.

Cotton has made five rehab appearances since July 9, though he's struggled to a 9.82 ERA, 2.05 WHIP and 9:4 K:BB across 7.1 innings in those outings. As such, the right-hander will continue to shake off the rust in the minors before joining the Athletics in a relief role for the stretch run.

July 28, 2019 03:40 AM
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Misses bats in latest rehab outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (elbow) recorded four strikeouts and allowed an earned run on three hits over 1.2 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over El Paso on Saturday.

The fact Cotton got 25 of his 35 pitches into the strike zone and racked up four whiffs on his six outs were both encouraging. The right-hander did continue to pitch to contact, however. He's now allowed multiple hits in four consecutive rehab outings, all which have been 1.2 innings or less in duration. With eight rehab appearances under his belt, Cotton could be on the verge of activation.

July 24, 2019 01:44 AM
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Pitches to contact again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk over an inning in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over El Paso on Tuesday.

Cotton followed A.J. Puk out of the bullpen Tuesday, but he couldn't quite duplicate the caliber of effort his fellow rehabber was able to generate. The right-hander has allowed multiple earned runs in four of his six rehab appearances, leading to a bloated 8.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across 12.2 minor-league innings thus far. Like Puk, Cotton is slated for a relief role at the big-league level upon activation.

July 17, 2019 02:56 PM
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Falters in latest rehab appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (elbow) was charged with the loss for Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday against Tacoma, allowing two earned runs on two hits over one inning while also recording a strikeout.

Cotton's rocky rehab assignment continued Tuesday, as he failed to preserve a scoreless tie in the bottom of the eighth. The right-hander allowed an RBI groundout and a solo home run -- the only two runs scored in the contest -- although he did strike out impressive Mariners prospect Jake Fraley to end the inning. Cotton threw 16 pitches overall and has 11.2 minor-league frames across six appearances (two starts) under his belt. However, given that he's allowed multiple earned runs in four of those outings, the Athletics may opt to have him log another appearance or two before considering activation.

July 14, 2019 08:52 PM
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Uneven in Triple-A rehab appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cotton (elbow) allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks across 1.2 innings in Triple-A Las Vegas' win over Salt Lake on Saturday. He struck out three.

Cotton worked up to 37 pitches overall, getting 22 into the strike zone. The right-hander provided plenty of reason for optimism with his performance, despite the fact he was tagged for an RBI double and a run-scoring groundout. Cotton has now recorded multiple strikeouts in four of five rehab appearances overall, giving him 12 K's over 10.2 innings. The outing was Cotton's second since resuming his assignment July 9, and he may need just one more turn with the Aviators before activation, considering he's arguably already stretched out enough to fill the relief role he's slated for when he makes it to the big-league club.

Last 7 Games
10/03vs CLEL 0-61.00010
10/01vs CLEL 6-91.00010
09/29vs LAAL 2-70.23211
09/26@ BALW 7-411.21012
09/22@ NYYL 3-70.10000
09/20@ NYYL 3-41.20012
09/17vs CHWL 0-82.21013
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2019AFA-Stockton Ports 9.04201109276.001.000
2019AAA-Las Vegas Aviators 18.214100202410237.911.813

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