In their latest attempt to address the need, the organization used the 117th overall pick this June to select Tim Cooney, a junior from Wake Forest. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder became the earliest-drafted lefty by the Cardinals since they took Brad Furnish 54th overall back in 2006.
Through his first five professional outings, including three starts, Cooney has a sharp 14:2 strikeout to walk ratio in 20 1/3 innings with an ERA of 2.66. He has allowed two home runs while holding New York-Penn League batters to a collective .208 average.
The Pennsylvania native shared with me a bit about his last six weeks of excitement and adjustment.
Other recent Muckdogs interviews
Manager Dann Bilardello
Shortstop Alex Mejia
Catcher Jesus Montero (coming soon)
Second baseman Breyvic Valera (coming soon)
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