- TEAM: Oakland Athletics
- AGE: 25
- POSITION: Pitcher
- BATS: Right
- THROWS: Right
- HEIGHT: 5-foot-11
- WEIGHT: 195 lbs.
- ACQUIRED: The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Cotton in the 20th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. The New York Mets previously selected Cotton in the 2011 draft. They chose him in the 28th round out of Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida. He did not sign with the Mets and went on to play baseball at Eastern Carolina University. The Dodgers traded Cotton, along with pitchers Grant Holmes and Frankie Montas, to the Oakland Athletics in August 2016 in exchange for pitcher Rich Hill and outfielder Josh Reddick.
Cotton has a very complete repertoire that includes a four-seam fastball that he can vary between 90-95 miles per hour, a two-seam sinking fastball that sits between 92 and 93 miles per hour and excellent secondary pitches.
In my observations of Cotton, it is his changeup that is a difference-maker in his arsenal. It is a polished and effective pitch that is used very effectively in tandem with his fastball. With a velocity that sits at 79 miles per hour, the changeup can buckle knees and alter both the balance and the eye level of the hitter.
Less effective, but still with quality enough to be used at the major-league level, his curveball and slider/cutter are deceptive pitches that provide the hitter with two additional pitches to think about during an at bat.
With increasing command and control as he gains experience, Cotton can throw any pitch in his repertoire for a strike at any point in the count. He repeats his release point regardless of the pitch he is throwing. That increases his deception and gives the hitter no advantage with his multiple-pitch repertoire.
Cotton gets plenty of swings and misses and can finish off a …
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