Cards prospect speaks: Batavia LHP Tim Cooney

The St. Louis Cardinals' third-round draft pick from last month talks about his experiences in moving from college to the professional ranks.

It has been no secret that the St. Louis Cardinals have experienced great difficulty developing left-handed pitching. It has been a challenge since the time when Rick Ankiel was one of the game's brightest mound prospects.

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.

Post-draft, the 21-year-old came to terms with the Cardinals quickly on a contract that included a signing bonus of $404,000, identical to the pick value. Cooney was assigned to the short-season Class-A Batavia Muckdogs, where he had been participating in a tandem rotation spot with fellow 2012 draftee Kyle Barraclough initially and now with Kyle Helisek, also a new Cardinal.

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.


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Manager Dann Bilardello
Shortstop Alex Mejia
Catcher Jesus Montero (coming soon)
Second baseman Breyvic Valera (coming soon)

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