Minor League Scouting Report

by Michael Pichan (@FantasyNomad)

Astros pitcher Jarred Cosart gets the call

The Chronicle has learned that Sonny Gray, the A’s top pitching prospect, will be joining the team, likely to pitch out of the bullpen initially.Sonny Gray was the A's first round pick in 2011, 18th overall out of Vanderbilt. Gray possess a mid-to high 90's fastball with a solid to plus curveball, and has shown improvement on his change-up this season, which will be the key to determining if he will eventually be able to stick in the starting rotation or will be regulated to the pen, in the future. This almost goes without saying for a player from Vanderbilt, but Gray has a great mentality on the mound, and again if he can develop that third pitch he could be the next impressive pitcher to come out of the A's farm system. But, in the meantime, he has little re-draft value as he will pitch out of the bullpen, but for Dynasty Leagues this could be the stepping stone for him to gain experience and eventually become part of the A's starting rotation as soon as next year. (In his first big league appearance Wednesday, Sonny Gray gave up just one hit and struck out three over two innings of relief versus the Pirates).
Athletics recalled Grant Green from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday.25-year old Grant Green is known for his bat having a career minor league slash line of .305/.353/.468 with 55 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 469 games over three levels. Green hit .318 with 11 home runs and 39 total extra-base hits with four stolen bases in 81 games this season for Triple-A Sacramento. Green has gotten off to a slow start going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, but he has the potential to turn it around if you are desperate for a middle infielder in your deeper Fantasy leagues.

James Paxton-P Mariners Triple-A Tacoma

James Paxton pitched his first career complete game shut-out Monday for Triple-A Tacoma walking two and striking out four. The left-handed throwing Paxton is striking out a batter per inning but has been plagued by walks, and the long ball, which is expected when pitching in the PCL. Paxton has already allowed seven home runs in his first 18 starts after allowing just eight over his 38 starts combined from 2011-2012, which again has more to do with pitching in the PCL, then it has to do with Paxton and his pitching.

The Astros have called up Jarred Cosart from AAA and he will start for the team on Friday vs. Tampa Bay. Cosart had problems limiting home runs in 2011 while pitching at Double-A, but in his last two partial seasons at Triple-A Oklahoma City of the hitter friendly PCL Cosart has allowed just five over 120 plus innings. Cosart is a heralded prospect in the Astros' system, but is unlikely to be one for Fantasy owners as he is unlikely to be a strikeout pitcher and has had issues with control for the majority of his time in the minors. Let someone else roll the dice with him. After all, he does pitch for the Astros of all teams.

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