TCN 2013 Cardinals Prospect #39: Tim Cooney

The first new name in our top 40 countdown impressed in his initial professional mound action in 2012.

The Cardinal Nation/ Player Profile
(including links to full 2012 and career stats)

2012 rank Pos. DOB Ht. Wt. Bat Thw Signed Round
NA LHS 12/19/1990 6-3 195 L L 2012 3rd

School: Wake Forest University

Selected 2012 stats

BAT 3 3 3.40 3.13 13 11 0 55.2 56 24 4 8 43 1.71 0.268 0.319

Staff comments (individual rankings in parentheses)

CariocaCardinal (37): Cooney is a guy who seems hard to read. He pitched well and gets decent scouting reports but does not seem to have that one out pitch off which he can work his other pitches.

The biggest concern in the scouting reports on Cooney prior to the draft was his control and he seems to have overcome that concern. It is a small sample size, but Cooney showed no discernible lefty/right split - not good for a potential LOOGY down the road.

Cooney most likely starts at Peoria next year with a chance to move up quickly if he does well.

Message board community (33): The 6' 3", 195-pounder was sent to short-season Batavia, where he posted a solid 3.40 ERA, and a stellar 43-8 whiff to walk ratio, over 56 innings (a far cry from his Wake Forest work, wherein he handed out 36 free passes in just 84 IP).

The lefty has shown flashes of very good V for a wronghander, his fastball varying anywhere from 88 to as high as 93 at times, and his other offerings include a cutter, curve, and straight change. In other words, he's a starter until further notice, with plausible #3 upside. It doesn't hurt, either, that he's shown distinct groundball tendencies.

Cooney turns 22 in a few weeks, and may be pushed aggressively to Palm Beach in 2013. If he is effective there, and continues to show the durability he displayed as a collegian, Tim would be on course for a possible MLB role by 2015. - BobReed

Brian Walton (NR): Taken in the third round of his June's draft, Cooney represents a Cardinals staple in recent years – an advanced college pitcher with relatively high floor but an undefined ceiling.

The left-hander just missed my published list at number 47. Cooney got out of the gates well, being named our Batavia Starting Pitcher of the Year in 2012. Yet he was passed over in New York-Penn League all-star balloting as teammates Tyler Melling and Lee Stoppelman were Muckdogs selected to the team.

Our NYPL scouting indicates Cooney primarily deployed a three-pitch complement of offerings (low-90's fastball, slider, curve), with which he can deliver with control. Yet efficiency and consistency alone may not be enough to ensure this kind of success at higher levels. I could see Cooney becoming John Gast 2.0.

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