Houston Astros left-handed pitching prospect, Chris Cotton was promoted to Double-A Corpus Christi on Thursday. The 24-year-old, Cotton was 1-2 with a 1.40 ERA and went 4-for-4 in save chances over 13 appearances for the Lancaster Jethawks to begin the season.
The 5′-10″, 165-pound, Shreveport southpaw owns 37 strikeouts and 7 walks in 25.2 innings, with the league hitting at a .206 clip and 2 home runs against him. Cotton, a 14th-round pick out of LSU in 2013, has not allowed an earned run in his last 7 appearances (16.0 IP). He pitched between Quad Cities and Lancaster last year, going 2-3 with a 4.01 ERA and 3 saves in 35 games (1 start).
Cotton, who had turned down the only offer he had out of high school to play baseball at a local junior college, was a walk-on at LSU in the fall tryouts of 2009. He impressed the coaches and was added to the Tigers’ roster just prior to the 2010 season. In 2013, prior to the draft, Cotton recorded a 1.29 ERA and tied the LSU single-season saves record with 16 saves.
At the time of the draft, Astros Director of scouting Mike Elias is quoted as saying “We love Chris Cotton. He’s from a big league factory at LSU and it’s a steal to get a lefty with that pedigree in the 14th round. Cotton’s bulldog mentality and deception of pitches are huge pluses.”
Despite continually being discounted, Chris Cotton is making his mark as a professional baseball player. Quite a journey for a pitcher who was forced to walk onto his college team. Expect more good things from Cotton as he continue to rise through the Astros’ system.