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Jharel Leandre Cotton (born January 19, 1992) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Oakland Athletics. He played college baseball at East Carolina University.

Jharel Cotton
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Cotton with the Nashville Sounds in 2016
Chicago Cubs
Born: (1992-01-19) January 19, 1992 (age 27)
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 7, 2016, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record11–10
Earned run average4.95

College careerEdit

Cotton played college baseball at Miami Dade College in 2010 and 2011. After he was not taken in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, the Los Angeles Dodgers offered him a contract as an undrafted free agent, but he declined the offer and returned to Miami Dade.[1] He was then drafted by the New York Mets in the 28th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, but did not sign and transferred to East Carolina University.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

After one year at East Carolina, Cotton was drafted by the Dodgers in the 20th round of the 2012 MLB Draft.[3][4] He signed this time and made his professional debut with the Ogden Raptors. Cotton spent 2013 with the Great Lakes Loons, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.[5] Cotton missed the first two months of the 2015 season, recovering from a broken left wrist.[6] He pitched in one game for the Great Lakes and four for Rancho Cucamonga before being promoted to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers. In late August, he was promoted to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers and tried out for a potential bullpen callup to Los Angeles.[7] Between the four levels he appeared in 21 games (with 11 starts) and was 6–2 with a 2.45 ERA.[8] The Dodgers added Cotton to their 40-man roster after the season.[9] He began 2016 in the starting rotation for Oklahoma City and was selected to participate for the world team at the 2016 All-Star Futures Game.[10] During the game, Cotton only faced one batter, throwing merely three pitches against Phillies outfielder Dylan Cozens. However, Cozens flied out, paving the way for Cotton to pick up the win after teammate Yoan Moncada hit a game-winning Home Run for the World Team.[11]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On August 1, 2016, the Dodgers traded Cotton, Grant Holmes, and Frankie Montas to the Oakland Athletics for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.[12] He was assigned to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Cotton retired the first 26 Round Rock Express batters he faced on August 9, but allowed a triple with two outs in the ninth inning, just missing a perfect game.[13] He was called up to the Athletics on September 7 to make his major league debut.[14] Cotton began the season in the A's rotation but after starting off slowly he was sent down to AAA. He was soon after called up again but was sent down back to AAA. Cotton's splits between home and road were drastically apart, as at home he was 4-6 with 6.98 ERA while on the road he was 5-4 with a 3.94 ERA.[15] On March 22, 2018, Cotton underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the 2018 season.[16] In 2019, Cotton began his rehab by pitching for the Single-A Stockton Ports but was set back in May by a hamstring injury and elected to have surgery to fix the issue. Cotton returned to the mound in July and pitched for the Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators.

Cotton was designated for assignment on November 20, 2019.[17]

Chicago CubsEdit

On November 23, 2019, Cotton was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for cash considerations.[18]


His brother, Jamaine Cotton, pitched in the Houston Astros organization from 2010 to 2014.[19][20]


  1. ^ Johnson, Dave (August 17, 2010). "Jharel Cotton says no to Dodgers, will return to Miami-Dade". Daily Press. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  2. ^ Johnson, Dave (March 31, 2012). "Former Menchville star Jharel Cotton 'soaking it up' at ECU". Daily Press. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  3. ^ Johnson, Dave (July 10, 2012). "Former Monarch Jharel Cotton to sign with Dodgers". Daily Press. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  4. ^ Gray, Aaron (July 14, 2012). "Dodgers sign Cotton". Virgin Island Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  5. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (April 6, 2013). "Los Angeles Dodgers Jharel Cotton brings island flavor to Great Lakes Loons rotation". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  6. ^ Daily News Staff (June 3, 2015). "Cotton back from injury for Quakes". Virgin Island Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  7. ^ Saxon, Mark (August 25, 2015). "Dodgers looking at two minor-leaguers for bullpen roles". ESPN Los Angeles. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Jharel Cotton minor league statistics & history". Baseball Reference.
  9. ^ Gurnick, Ken (November 20, 2015). "Cotton, Stripling added to 40-man roster". Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  10. ^ Stephen, Eric (June 28, 2016). "Jharel Cotton, Willie Calhoun named to 2016 MLB Futures Game rosters". SB Nation. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
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  12. ^ Gurnick, Ken (August 1, 2016). "Dodgers acquire Reddick, Hill from A's". Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Cotton Just Misses Perfect Game in Sounds Win". August 10, 2016. Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  14. ^ Slusser, Susan (September 6, 2016). "Zach Neal strong in A's win; Jharel Cotton set for debut". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
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  16. ^ "Jharel Cotton has Tommy John surgery". ESPN. Retrieved March 22, 2018.
  17. ^ RotoWire Staff (November 20, 2019). "Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Removed from 40-man roster". Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Cubs acquire RHP Jharel Cotton from Oakland". November 23, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  19. ^ Heneghan, Kelsie (July 7, 2014). "Cotton brothers square off in Lancaster". Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  20. ^ Schoch, Matt (April 25, 2014). "Cotton brothers to square off in weekend series". Virgin Island Daily News. Retrieved September 19, 2015.

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