With the unfortunate season-ending injury to staff ace Adam Wainwright over the weekend, the decision has been made by Mike Matheny and GM John Mozeliak for the St. Louis Cardinals to call up Tim Cooney.
Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com broke the news of Tim Cooney getting the call-up to take a turn in the St. Louis Cardinals rotation.
Cooney, a 6’3″ leftie, drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals from Wake Forest, provides the St. Louis Cardinals at least in the interim, a rotation makeover.
Due to the injury of Jaime Garcia, and the fact that the St. Louis Cardinals wanted to give Carlos Martinez a shot in the starting rotation, the St. Louis Cardinals rotation did not feature a left-hander to being the season.
According to MLB.com, Cooney was the St. Louis Cardinals 10th rated prospect. Tim Cooney went 14-6 last year in Memphis with a 3.47 era and was off to a solid start this season with a 2-1 record and 3.63 with 14 K’s in 15 IP.
For the St. Louis Cardinals they are getting a pitcher in Tim Cooney who has ascended through the minors rather quickly, reaching double-A within 11 months of being drafted by the organization.
Tim Cooney’s pitching arsenal includes a fastball, change-up, curve-ball and slider. Of those pitches, his best is his change-up because it has sink to it and he can throw it at any time in the count.
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Tim Cooney also has a plus fastball which he can spot any where between 87-93 or 94 mph. While Tim Cooney is not overpowering, he has good command and can pitch out of trouble.
To some that follow the St. Louis Cardinals closely, Tim Cooney reminds them of another left-hander in the system that the club has bright plans for. That man is Marco Gonzales, who is currently in triple-A on the dl, but when it’s all said and done will be a St. Louis Cardinals starter in the near future.
As I covered yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals will be ok in spite of their injuries because they have a premium of arms in their system.
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