Oakland A’s Jharel Cotton Strong In Return
By Joey Lopez
A’s right-hander Jharel Cotton returns to the show with a loss against the Yankees in New York. In five-plus innings of work, though, Cotton performed well and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
The A’s lost Jesse Hahn to the 10 day DL on Saturday.
They also got support from Jharel Cotton, who made his return to the show after being sent down earlier in the month to Triple-A Nashville.
Cotton returned with a strong showing in the A’s 3-2 loss in New York. He allowed three earned runs and struck out five in 5.1 innings of work.
The young right-hander took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but exited shortly after allowing a two-run homer to Matt Holliday that gave the Yankees the lead.
Despite failing to capture the win, Cotton’s performance was full of positives. His no-hit bid came to a close in the sixth inning, but his efforts were not unnoticed.
Saturday’s start was a step in the right direction.
On Saturday Cotton reminded us why the A’s wanted him as part of the Josh Reddick–Rich Hill trade with the Dodgers last season. He flashed some of his brilliance, but also reminded us that he still has plenty of room to improve.
Cotton will need to utilize what he learned during his stint in Triple-A earlier this month. The A’s will need Cotton to have better command of his pitches and limit the number of walks he gives up.
He allowed three walks in his start against the Yankees. He also needed 107 pitches to get through 5.1 innings of work.
With improved command and focus, Cotton has the potential to be a solid No.3 option in Oakland’s rotation this year. Improved command will definitely be important for Cotton’s success and continued development.
Saturday’s performance was a step in the right direction.
Jharel Cotton: 3-5, 5.56 ERA, 40 K, 19 BB, 43.2 IP.