Jharel Cotton, Starting Pitcher, Oakland Athletics, #45
Date of Birth: 1/19/1992
Birthplace: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
College: Miami Dade College / East Carolina University
Jharel Cotton, starting pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, was first drafted by the New York Mets in 2011 but he opted instead for college. A year later, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played in the Dodgers' minor league system from 2012 through 2015, both as a starter and as a relief pitcher.
Cotton was traded to the Athletics on August 1, 2016. He played in 5 games as a starter with the Athletics, finishing with 2 wins and no losses, 23 strikeouts to 4 walks, and a 2.15 ERA in 29.1 innings. He spent most of the season in the minors, pitching 135.2 innings in 28 games.
In 2017, Cotton pitched in 24 games as a starter for the Athletics. He finished the season with 9 wins and 10 losses, 105 strikeouts to 53 walks, and a 5.58 ERA in 129.0 innings.
Cotton's brother, Jamaine, played in the Houston Astros' minor league system from 2010 through 2014.