Seminole State Boasts Elite Juco Arms

Kiley shares videos and scouting reports on the two elite arms from Orlando-area junior college Seminole State, a duo headlined by a righty with big leage bloodlines that touched 96.

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Jake Cosart transferred from Duke after redshirting his freshman year as an outfielder, deciding he wanted to pitch and allegedly being told by the Duke coaching staff that his velocity, delivery and feel weren't good enough to stay on scholarship. I'm told the younger brother of Astros power righty Jarred Cosart was a mess on the mound at this point (pitching video from high school), with a wild, high-effort delivery that was mostly in the high-80's but since transferring to Seminole State JC in Orlando, Cosart has taken a massive step forward.

I saw him in a scrimmage last week after hearing his name from multiple scouts in the area buzzing about how quickly he's improved on the mound. Cosart is a very good athlete with above average speed and looseness to his actions and, as is proven time and again, you want to bet on athletes as they're almost always the ones that end up exceeding expectations. Cosart has cleaned up his delivery, though there's still some effort that can be ironed out, and sat 93-96 mph the day I saw him in a two inning appearance, though some guns have had him up to 98 mph in other scrimmages this fall.

It seems inevitable that Cosart will hit 100 mph at some point this spring and as you can see in the video, his breaking ball can be a weapon at times as well. In his first inning, Cosart couldn't get his curveball down in the zone but in the second inning broke off a number of above average hooks at 72-74 mph. Cosart is an athletic 6'2 righty that's just scratching the surface with a plus-plus fastball, above average curveball and some effort and feel issues that could very well work themselves out with further experience on the mound. I'm about to start going through the college prospects state-by-state and while it's too early to hear about many notable Juco prospects, Cosart should be among the tops in the class and I've put a late second round grade on him with some room still to improve.

Seminole will be a hot destination for scouts this spring with another righty that has top five rounds potential in Gianni Zayas, who transferred from North Carolina State. Zayas sat 91-93 mph with an above average curveball that he was able to vary the tilt of at 77-80 mph and had excellent command of the pitch. He only threw one changeup in his two inning stint at 80 mph and it was out of the zone but he showed some feel for the pitch in warmups and has a more advanced feel for pitching than Cosart. The upside is lower but there's a potential 4th starter here from this short look, good enough for a 3rd-4th round grade.

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