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
Current Salary: $535,000
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.
Pitching statistics for Cotton as a minor league player from 2012 through 2016 include:
- 100 games played (65 as a starting pitcher)
- 447.0 innings pitched
- 26-25 win-loss record
- 499 strikeouts to 130 walks
- 3.68 ERA
Cotton's brother, Jamaine, played in the Houston Astros' minor league system from 2010 through 2014.