Alumnus ready for sophomore year on the diamond

Written on 03/11/2024
Ryan Vega '26

Tom Cosgrove's second year on Padres

Tom Cosgrove, '14, made history last year when he became the first alumnus in Monsignor Farrell history to reach the MLB level.


Farrell alumnus Tom Cosgrove, '14, gears up for his second year in the bullpen of the San Diego Padres

Tom Cosgrove '14 had an unforgettable rookie season for the 82-80 San Diego Padres in a tough NL West Division that included the NL champion Arizona Diamondbacks.

After Cosgrove’s four years at Farrell, he attended Manhattan College, where he was one of the best pitchers in the MAAC at the time. Cosgrove made 14 appearances with 13 of them being stars in his breakout junior year. He held opposing hitters to a .235 average as a dominating starter.

Cosgrove was drafted, on his 21st birthday, in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB Draft, selected 348th overall selection by the San Diego Padres.

Tom Cosgrove pictures for a photo with Robert Mulligan, head coach for Farrell's varisty baseball team, during the Padres' road games at Yankee Stadium in May 2023.


Cosgrove started his MLB career last March as a reliever and only had a positive impact on his team. Cosgrove came in 54 times and pitched 51.1 innings, earning a remarkably low 1.75 ERA. His dominance and consistency were shown throughout the entire year as he led all major league pitchers in average exit velocity, with an extremely low speed of 83.9 MPH.

This displays Cosgrove's proficiency to keep hitters off-balance and how his expertise limits the power of the hitter's bat, as shown through league-leading statistics.

Top: Cosgrove was a key part of the 2013 Varsity baseball team that reached the CHSAA City Championship game.
Bottom: Cosgrove visits Coach Mulligan and the Varsity baseball team during a practice this past fall.


Cosgrove has high expectations in his second season in the majors as he looks to pitch even better than he did in his eye-catching rookie season. Everyone at Farrell wishes him and The San Diego Padres a successful upcoming season. 


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