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2024 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 77: Josimar Cousín

The Cuban righthander has the tools

Josimar Cousín played at three different minor league levels in 2023.
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Josimar Cousín

Right-Handed Relief Pitcher
185 pounds
Age: 26
2023 High Level Birmingham (Double-A)
Age relative to high level 0.7
SSS rank among all right-handed starters in the system 18
Overall 2023 stats 2-2 ⚾️ 15 games (15 starts) ⚾️ 55 IP ⚾️ 5.56 ERA ⚾️ 1.4 WHIP ⚾️ 47 K ⚾️ 15 BB

Josimar Cousín officially signed with the White Sox in May 2023 for $100,000, but he could also receive $2 million in deferred money: $1.2 million if he reaches MLB between 2023 and 2025, and $625,000 if he stays in the minors. Due to the MLB aspect of the deal, Cousín had to be added to the 40-man roster, which the team did on Dec. 20, 2023.

Cousín began his career in 2014 at age 16, and quickly became one of Cuba’s top pitching prospects. He possesses a variety of pitches including a slider, changeup, curve, and fastball that tops out at 95 mph. So, he has some great tools in the box. But he struggled during his last professional Cuban season in 2021-22, going 7-6 with a 5.68 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 120 1⁄3 innings pitched.

Here is a showcase video of Cousín from July 2022:

In January 2022, just days before the 61st National Series in Cuba, Cousín was discharged for “non-appearance” at the conference. Where exactly he went is uncertain, but he did not return to Cuban baseball.

Cousín had not played professionally since leaving Cuba in early 2022, and the 2023 season started off a bit bumpy for him in the ACL, where he went 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA in his three starts. He was quickly promoted to Winston-Salem, where he fared a bit better, going 1-1 in 10 starts with a 5.71 ERA and struck out 40 over 41 innings. He ended the regular season with a cup of coffee in Birmingham, where he went 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in two appearances.

Due in part to a relatively small workload for a player old enough to take on more, Cousín was part of the White Sox contigent in the Arizona Fall League, where he got hammered: 0-2, 8.69 ERA, 1.915 WHIP

Cousín’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Walks 92
K/BB 82
Durability 65
Strikeouts 20
Hittable 19
vs. Power 19

The White Sox clearly have faith in Cousín, and hopefully, Brian Bannister has some ideas for the 26-year-old, as the Pale Hose could definitely use all the pitching help they can muster for 2024.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

77. Josimar Cousín, RHSP
78. Juan Gonzalez, C
79. Chris Lanzilli, LF
80. Alex Speas, RHRP
81. Fraser Ellard, LHRP
82. Garrett Wright, RHRP
83. Duke Ellis, CF
84. Mathias LaCombe, RHRP
85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Eduardo Herrera, 3B

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