Jharel Cotton


White Cleat Beat is online & BBST is taking a short vacation!

Change can be a good thing! BBST is taking a vacation! Hey all! I’m sure that you’ve noticed that I have written anything new in the last few weeks, perhaps longer. I’m not sure anyone really cares but I’m putting my blog on vacation indefinitely but I am hoping to have it back up and running by the beginning of spring training 2017. Why would I do such a thing? It’s a good question. In November, to be honest I was just a bit burnt out so I slacked on my blog to keep a little bit of my sanity […]

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Cotton gets it done in second start with magical changeup

A lot of members on the Oakland Athletics were responsible for the team’s second win over the reigning World Champion Kansas City Royals in as many days. Left fielder Khris Davis and third baseman Ryon Healy went deep and Yonder Alonso’s double knocked in the A’s fourth and fifth runs in the top of the eighth. Even Marcus Semien, who was responsible for two of the Royals unearned runs early in the game, came back with an RBI single in the eighth. The A’s bullpen and defense were solid. Most memorable defensive plays belonged to Healy and Jake Smolinski in […]


OTD in Baseball History: Bo Jackson hits his first MLB HR

Hey everyone nice enough to read my blog! 🙂 I know I’ve been missing in action the past week or so! I just wanted to let you know that I had some home/family stuff that needed to be dealt with but that I am definitely back with some OTD in Baseball History (see below!) for ya!  But just so you know, you can expect my regular daily posts from FRSN’s Today’s Knuckleball, beginning with a new piece on A’s rookie Jharel Cotton, as well as pieces written exclusively for this blog on a daily basis once again so you can keep […]

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RHP Jharel Cotton to make MLB debut Wednesday

September is all about call-ups for teams who are not in contention for the postseason. The Oakland Athletics have called up some pretty promising prospects so far, especially in third baseman Ryon Healy (who was actually called up in mid-July), two second baseman in Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle, as well as quite a few pitchers including Raul Alcantara and the biggest, most intriguing call-up so far: Jharel Cotton. Cotton was acquired as part of the trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, at first it appeared that the Dodgers had gotten […]


Four potential starting pitchers for the A’s in ’17, that you MUST watch this September

The Oakland A’s have been focused on adding young talent to their farm system, mainly fresh MLB-ready starting pitchers. In the past year the A’s have added 24-year-old Sean Manaea in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals, 23-year-old Daniel Mengden in the Scott Kazmir deal with the Houston Astros and most recently, 24-year-old Jharel Cotton in the trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve added younger arms and relievers too. That includes using their top three draft picks to pick up three pitchers in left-hander in A.J. Puk, […]


Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns, Plus what the A’s got back

Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns When a team is a seller at the non-waiver trade deadline, like the Oakland Athletics were this year, it’s expected for the team to lose a few high-profile players in exchange for young prospects that can help them build for a stronger 2017 season and beyond. The A’s were most definitely sellers, but they didn’t make quite as many trades as experts and fans had speculated about. One of the just two trades that they did make was a big one, but not surprising one. The A’s had been unable to come to […]