LEAGUE CITY – Former Clear Creek Wildcats baseball player Jake Cosart is another step closer to following his brother Jarred’s path to Major League Baseball after being drafted 103rd overall in the third round of the MLB first-year player draft by the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
“It’s good for the individual, good for the family and good for the program,” Clear Creek head baseball coach Brent Kunefke said.
After graduating Clear Creek in 2012, Cosart initially began his college career as an outfielder at Duke University. After a redshirt year with the Blue Devils, Cosart transferred to Seminole State College in Florida, where he was given a chance to pitch.
His former coach Kunefke knew even in high school that it would only be a matter of time before the younger Cosart would garner interest from the Major Leagues.
“He always had an electric arm and possessed all the intangibles as far as knowledge of the game and explosiveness, but that also comes from a lot of hard work and I hope that he continues that as he pursues his dream,” Kunefke said.
Like his older brother, Cosart drew attention from MLB scouts as a promising pitching prospect because of his powerful right throwing arm.
According to Cosart’s scouting report on MLB.com, the 6-foot-2 20-year-old has a lively fastball that tops out at 98 miles per hour, and he also possesses a biting curveball and is in the early stages of developing a changeup.
“Some scouts see Cosart as a future reliever, where he would have less of a need for a third pitch and his aggressive mentality profiles well,” the report states. “But his raw tools, projectability and athleticism (will) likely lead the team that drafts him to develop him as a starter.”
Jake’s draft status already gave him slight bragging rights over older brother Jarred, a starting pitcher on the Houston Astros.
While Jake was taken just outside of the top 100 players, Jarred was taken by the Philadelphia Phillies with overall pick No. 1,156 in the 38th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.
Jarred was sent to Houston along with prospects Jon Singleton, Domingo Santana and Josh Zeid in a 2011 midseason trade that sent then-Astros outfielder Hunter Pence to Philadelphia.
Jake pitched fairly sparingly in his Clear Creek career, and his season as a starting pitcher at Seminole State represented the first step toward harnessing his high-level pitching potential.
He posted a 5-3 record and a 5.34 earned run average in 13 appearances for Seminole state.
Cosart recorded 67 strikeouts to just 23 walks in 64 innings pitched.
Once signed with the Red Sox organization, Cosart could very well remain in the state he played his college ball.
Boston’s minor league rookie squad plays in the Gulf Coast League, with the GCL Red Sox playing their home games in Fort Myers, Fla.
The current defending MLB champions, the Red Sox have recently developed young pitching stars the likes of Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz.
The Daily News was unable to reach Cosart for a comment on being drafted before press time Friday.