Jarred Cosart was acquired at the trade deadline in the midst of a sub-par season but has been exceptional with the Miami Marlins.
When the Marlins traded for Cosart, some eyebrows were raised in terms of the package they sent to the Houston Astros for him. The deal included prospects Jake Marisnick and Colin Moran. Two players that were considered big parts of the future for Miami and in return for a starter who had been struggling with Houston.
Ever since joining Miami, Cosart has become a different pitcher and has posted a 1.99 E.R.A over 40.2 innings with the Marlin. The right-hander has also won four games in only six starts as a Marlin and has quickly become one of the more trusted arms on the team. With Henderson Alvarez currently sitting out due to injury, Cosart could even be called the ace of the staff at this time.
With Houston, Cosart had a great rookie season in 2013 but his 4.41 E.R.A this year in Houston made it look like he possibly was a one-season wonder. Still, Cosart did manage to win nine games with the Astros this year which is quite a feat considering their poor record.
Overall Cosart has 13 wins in 2014 with a chance for a few more before the year ends. He's played on two teams with losing records this season and has come away with more victories than many arms do on winning teams. That is a testament to his ability to keep his teams in ballgames.
Cosart is also only 24 years old and is cost controlled. This was an important factor when Miami acquired him as they will need an arm at the top of the rotation going in 2015. Ace Jose Fernandez is not expected back until around the All-Star Game barring any setbacks.
It is unlikely that Cosart can keep up his current pace but when looking at what he did in 2013 and is doing now, it becomes easy to see why Miami acquired him. Cosart should remain a fixture in the rotation for Miami for years to come.
The next start for Cosart will come in Milwaukee on Wednesday.