Miami Dade College (2010-11): Selected in the 28th round (pick 852) of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the New York Mets ... Listed as the 100th-best JUCO prospect by Perfect Game heading into 2011 season ... As a sophomore posted a 4-3 ledger in 10 appearances ... Boasted a 2.49 ERA with 74 strikeouts to just 15 walks in 65.0 innings ... During freshman campaign, named Second-Team All-Southern Conference ... Posted a 4-2 record on the mound with a 2.77 ERA, which ranked third in the state ... Fanned 62 and walked 22 in 61.2 innings ... Allowed 24 runs, 19 earned in 11 games ... Played summer ball for the Peninsula Pilots of the Coastal Plain League ... Named CPL Rawlings Co-Pitcher-of-the-Week ... Posted a 3-2 record with a 3.33 ERA ... Started eight games ... Struck out 57 and walked 11 in 46.0 innings ... Allowed 18 runs (17 earned) ... Held opposing hitters to a .204 average ... Rated as the No. 18 CPL prospect by PG Crosschecker ... Turned down free agent contract by the Los Angeles Dodgers after successful summer for the Pilots to return to Miami Dade College.
Menchville High School: Teamed up with current Pirate Austin Chrismon to lead the Monarchs' to the 2009 National Championship (USA Today) and Virginia 3A state crown ... As a senior was named Second-Team Peninsula All District ... On the mound he was 4-1 with two saves ... Started 4 of 15 games ... Posted an impressive 0.76 ERA allowing 18 hits in 36.2 innings ... Struck out 74 and walked 13 ... Held opposing batters to a .144 average ... Personal: Full name is Jharel Cotton ... Son of Franchette Cotton ... Brother Jamaine plays in the Houston Astros organization after being drafted in the 15th round of the 2010 Major League First-Year Player Draft ... Intended major is communications ... Named to ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in the Fall of 2011.