Cote Trending In The Right Direction

TAMPA, FL - Yankees pitching prospect Jordan Cote has made a mockery of Gulf Coast league hitting in 2013. The 6-foot-4 right-hander boasts a 1.08 ERA in 25 innings and opponents are hitting a pedestrian .191 against the former third round pick. But despite his stellar numbers this year, Cote isn't happy the way his second professional season started, dating back to Extended Spring Training.

"Extended [Spring Training] was tough, I was going through a lot of mechanical changes," Cote said. "I had to take a couple weeks off from games to just throw bullpens. Needless to say, it wasn't a great couple of months."

Cote, the 2011 New Hampshire High School Player of the Year, struggled with shoulder tendonitis throughout Extended Spring Training in addition to dealing with his mechanical flaws.

"I was starting to make progress, but then I had the tendonitis and it set me back for five weeks," Cote said. "It seemed like whenever I started to throw well, something went wrong."

GCL Yankees pitching coach Jose Rosado saw the frustration building for Cote on a daily basis while working with him during Extended Spring Training.

"He just had to start getting that confidence back," Rosado said. "[Cote] struggled with figuring out the kind of pitcher he really was."

After not pitching till June 28th because of his shoulder tendonitis, Cote has only allowed three earned runs the entire season, all three coming in one start July 6th against the Phillies GCL affiliate.

"I'm attacking guys and getting ahead of guys," Cote said. "I'm finally back to where I wanted to be."

Coach Rosado is particularly pleased with the way Cote has handled himself this year on the mound.

"His fastball command has really progressed," Rosado said of Cote's development thus far. "He's been aggressively attacking hitters down in the zone all season."

Although Cote could most likely get away with his low to mid-90's fastball and the downhill angle he produces from his 6-foot-4 frame in the GCL and lower levels of the minor leagues, he knows that the development of his secondary pitches will be the key to the 20-year-old's ascent through the Yankees organization.

Fortunately for Cote, his changeup, a pitch he didn't have in high school, is developing into a plus pitch.

"It's been my best pitch all season," Cote said of his changeup.

The slider? Well that's been another story. Cote threw a curveball out of high school and spent his first professional season throwing it as his primary breaking ball with moderate success. He and coach Rosado decided to scrap the pitch and proceed with the slider, a move they hoped would help Cote propel through the system.

But it's still a work in progress. Cote knows that.

"I need to work on getting consistency in my slider. Some days it's great, some days it's awful," Cote said.

Coach Rosado knows just how vital the consistency of the slider will be to Cote's success.

"With that pitch he can get to the next level."

Cote feels like he's trending in the right direction though.

"I just got to get my arm strength back and everything else will follow," Cote said.

Coach Rosado is more than optimistic about the lanky right-hander's future on the mound.

"I expect him to get better everyday," Rosado said. "He's really moving forward."

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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"Extended [Spring Training] was tough, I was going through a lot of mechanical changes,\" Cote said. \"I had to take a couple weeks off from games to just throw bullpens. Needless to say, it wasn't a great couple of months.\"
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\r\nCote, the 2011 New Hampshire High School Player of the Year, struggled with shoulder tendonitis throughout Extended Spring Training in addition to dealing with his mechanical flaws.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was starting to make progress, but then I had the tendonitis and it set me back for five weeks,\" Cote said. \"It seemed like whenever I started to throw well, something went wrong.\"
\r\n
\r\nGCL Yankees pitching coach Jose Rosado saw the frustration building for Cote on a daily basis while working with him during Extended Spring Training.
\r\n
\r\n\"He just had to start getting that confidence back,\" Rosado said. \"[Cote] struggled with figuring out the kind of pitcher he really was.\"
\r\n
\r\nAfter not pitching till June 28th because of his shoulder tendonitis, Cote has only allowed three earned runs the entire season, all three coming in one start July 6th against the Phillies GCL affiliate.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm attacking guys and getting ahead of guys,\" Cote said. \"I'm finally back to where I wanted to be.\"
\r\n
\r\nCoach Rosado is particularly pleased with the way Cote has handled himself this year on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"His fastball command has really progressed,\" Rosado said of Cote's development thus far. \"He's been aggressively attacking hitters down in the zone all season.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlthough Cote could most likely get away with his low to mid-90's fastball and the downhill angle he produces from his 6-foot-4 frame in the GCL and lower levels of the minor leagues, he knows that the development of his secondary pitches will be the key to the 20-year-old's ascent through the Yankees organization.
\r\n
\r\nFortunately for Cote, his changeup, a pitch he didn't have in high school, is developing into a plus pitch.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's been my best pitch all season,\" Cote said of his changeup.
\r\n
\r\nThe slider? Well that's been another story. Cote threw a curveball out of high school and spent his first professional season throwing it as his primary breaking ball with moderate success. He and coach Rosado decided to scrap the pitch and proceed with the slider, a move they hoped would help Cote propel through the system.
\r\n
\r\nBut it's still a work in progress. Cote knows that.
\r\n
\r\n\"I need to work on getting consistency in my slider. Some days it's great, some days it's awful,\" Cote said.
\r\n
\r\nCoach Rosado knows just how vital the consistency of the slider will be to Cote's success.
\r\n
\r\n\"With that pitch he can get to the next level.\"
\r\n
\r\nCote feels like he's trending in the right direction though.
\r\n
\r\n\"I just got to get my arm strength back and everything else will follow,\" Cote said.
\r\n
\r\nCoach Rosado is more than optimistic about the lanky right-hander's future on the mound.
\r\n
\r\n\"I expect him to get better everyday,\" Rosado said. \"He's really moving forward.\"
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