Astros call up pitching prospect Jarred Cosart

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Jarred Cosart has struggled with his control at Triple-A, walking 50 batters in 93 innings, but the Astros have decided that the 23-year-old right-hander is ready for the majors and he’ll make his debut tomorrow against the Rays.

Cosart was acquired from the Phillies as part of the haul for Hunter Pence in 2011 and MLB.com ranked him as the No. 89 prospect coming into the season. Aside from the spotty control he’s pitched very well at Triple-A with a 3.29 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 93 innings, holding opponents to a .213 batting average.

Cosart has electric raw stuff, throwing a heavy mid-90s fastball that generates tons of ground balls and very few homers. He hasn’t fared particularly well of late, allowing five runs and four walks in his final Triple-A start last week, and the Rays are a relatively tough debut matchup with the fifth-best offense in the league.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.