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Daver
05-23-2003, 05:45 PM
From ESPN;

White Sox fan writes: What do you think of Neal Cotts, who is pitching for Birmingham, the White Sox's Double-A affiliate? He has an unbelievable ERA. Could he be another Mark Buehrle?


Cotts was originally in the Oakland system, drafted in the second round in 2001 out of Illinois State. He came to Chicago this past winter as part of the Billy Koch/Keith Foulke trade.


Cotts is 6-1, 1.58 through nine starts at Double-A Birmingham. His strikeout rate is exceptional at 67 in 46 innings, though he's also walked 29, and better control will certainly be necessary as he moves up. He doesn't have Buehrle's precision on the mound, but his stuff is certainly good enough to succeed at the major-league level. His fastball is actually average, but he's got a great breaking ball that is basically unhittable when used properly.


We may see him in the Show later this year, but I think improved command will be needed before he'll thrive in the majors. Although he has been used as a starter so far and has had good success in that role, he may eventually end up in the bullpen.


Complete article (http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/downonthefarm/1557776.html)

gosox41
05-23-2003, 07:17 PM
Originally posted by daver
From ESPN;

White Sox fan writes: What do you think of Neal Cotts, who is pitching for Birmingham, the White Sox's Double-A affiliate? He has an unbelievable ERA. Could he be another Mark Buehrle?


Cotts was originally in the Oakland system, drafted in the second round in 2001 out of Illinois State. He came to Chicago this past winter as part of the Billy Koch/Keith Foulke trade.


Cotts is 6-1, 1.58 through nine starts at Double-A Birmingham. His strikeout rate is exceptional at 67 in 46 innings, though he's also walked 29, and better control will certainly be necessary as he moves up. He doesn't have Buehrle's precision on the mound, but his stuff is certainly good enough to succeed at the major-league level. His fastball is actually average, but he's got a great breaking ball that is basically unhittable when used properly.


We may see him in the Show later this year, but I think improved command will be needed before he'll thrive in the majors. Although he has been used as a starter so far and has had good success in that role, he may eventually end up in the bullpen.


Complete article (http://espn.go.com/mlb/columns/downonthefarm/1557776.html)

I always wondered how the Sox can have all these great arms in their farm system and yet they're all destined to be in the bullpen or lousy starters.

Outside of Mark Buehrle, this team hasn't developed a starting pitcher that has stayed and pitched well for the Sox. Of course they've traded guys (K. Wells) who have had good success elsewhere.

Bob