Jharel Cotton
Jharel Cotton
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Oakland Athletics
60-Day DL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 5/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Cotton's changeup is nasty, but pitchers need more than one weapon in their arsenal to sustain success against big-league hitters. After Cotton turned in a 2.15 ERA in a five-start sample in 2016, he was rocked for a 5.58 ERA last season. Home runs were a major problem (1.95 HR/9) as Cotton's flyball rate hovered around 46 percent -- his "sinker" hardly gets any sink and he had a nasty habit of leaving his four-seamer up in the wheelhouse of lefty batters (14 homers allowed to lefties). Walks compounded the issues with the long ball, with Cotton issuing free passes at a 9.4 percent clip, and he managed only a modest 18.6 percent strikeout rate. Fortunately, a late-season elbow scare proved minor, as Cotton was given a clean bill of health heading into the offseason. With a lack of quality alternatives behind him, he seems likely to get a chance to make amends in the rotation in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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Begins throwing program
POakland Athletics
Elbow
August 13, 2018
Cotton (elbow) played catch Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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It's good to see that Cotton has progressed to throwing a baseball following Tommy John surgery March 21. He still has a long way to go in his recovery process, and figures to remain out for the first couple months of the 2019 season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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2017
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
2016
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .237 307 55 34 63 8 0 15
Since 2016vs Right .265 371 73 23 90 24 0 17
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .257 255 44 30 56 7 0 14
2017vs Right .275 311 61 23 77 22 0 14
2016vs Left .146 52 11 4 7 1 0 1
2016vs Right .217 60 12 0 13 2 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-32%
ERA on Road
2018
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2017
 
 
-44%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-61%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 5.76 1.29 88.0 6 6 0 7.6 3.1 2.1
Since 2016Away 3.89 1.37 69.1 5 4 0 6.9 3.4 1.4
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 6.98 1.52 69.2 4 6 0 7.9 3.7 2.3
2017Away 3.94 1.35 59.1 5 4 0 6.7 3.6 1.5
2016Home 1.40 0.47 19.1 2 0 0 6.5 0.9 1.4
2016Away 3.60 1.50 10.0 0 0 0 8.1 1.8 0.9
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
The Dodgers sent Cotton to Oakland to acquire Josh Reddick, and the right-hander found his way into the rotation about a month later. Though he sparkled in his first five major league starts and probably has the inside track at a rotation spot, some may overlook him because of the 7.1 K/9 during his time with Oakland and 4.31 ERA at Triple-A. The ugliness of his minor league surface stats masked the beauty of his 10.3 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. Cotton's swinging-strike rate (a whopping 12.5 percent), an excellent get-ahead approach (66.1 first-strike rate) and diverse cache of pitches suggest he should've had better luck in the K/9 department. Those factors position him for a productive first full year, especially in his new pitcher-friendly environment, which will at least limit the dangers of his flyball-first approach in home starts. He's a low-cost sleeper yet possibly one of fantasy's best prospects for 2017.
Cotton saw his prospect status soar after an excellent 2015 in which he saw time at four different levels, ultimately finishing with five relief appearances in Triple-A. His Triple-A debut was pretty good, with Cotton striking out the only six hitters he faced in two innings. Combined, Cotton posted a 2.45 ERA in 95.2 innings with an excellent 114:31 K:BB. That 10.7 K/9 likely propelled him at least close to the team's top 10 prospects list. Cotton stands just 5-foot-11 and was a 20th-round pick, but a unique delivery and excellent stuff have propelled him up the charts. Cotton features a fastball anywhere from 90-95 mph, an excellent curveball, and a changeup that is already talked about as well above average for his development. Cotton spent time in both the rotation and the bullpen after returning from a wrist injury in late May. His long-term future is yet to be decided, but he should make his major league debut in some capacity this season after opening up in Triple-A.
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Making progress in rehab
POakland Athletics
Elbow
July 30, 2018
Cotton (elbow) progressed to making sock throws Monday in his rehab from Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports. "That's a big day for him," manager Bob Melvin said. "To get to the point now where he gets to use his arm a little bit and sees a light at the end of the tunnel, I know he has a big smile on his face today."
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Undergoes successful surgery
POakland Athletics
Elbow
March 21, 2018
Cotton underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Athletics had placed him on the 60-day disabled list two days earlier.
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Surgery set for Wednesday
POakland Athletics
Elbow
March 18, 2018
Cotton (elbow) is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Arlington, Tex., Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Opts for Tommy John surgery
POakland Athletics
Elbow
March 17, 2018
Cotton (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Receiving second opinion on elbow
POakland Athletics
Elbow
March 16, 2018
Cotton is receiving a second opinion on his elbow Friday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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