In 13 starts for Savannah, Cohoon was 7-1 with an astonishing 1.30 earned run average over 90.1 innings. He made his name known throughout the baseball world when he began June with three consecutive complete game shutouts, tying a Sally League record. He earned back-to-back player of the week honors for the first two of those shutouts and was also selected to the Southern Division All-Star team.
Cohoon had a breakthrough season with Brooklyn last year and his hard work over the winter has helped him build off of that success in 2010. The three shutouts is a feat Cohoon is extremely proud of.
"I was pretty pumped about the three (shutouts) in a row," he said. "Not a lot of guys have done that. I feel like it's a pretty special thing and it's definitely an accomplishment for me."
"It was a direct reflection of being able to have a good off-season program and staying strong and healthy," he continued. "To go a full game is a pretty tough thing to do. I just stuck to my game plan every game; every time I went out I just tried to be the same pitcher."
A major factor in Cohoon's performance this season has been his ability to locate his secondary pitches on a consistent basis.
"I've been throwing my off-speed for a strike more consistently and mixing it up, seeing what hitters can and can't hit," Cohoon said.
"I just think I kept my walks down," he said. "I throw a lot of strikes. I'm fairly strong mentally in the game. I was surprised, I didn't expect to (bypass St. Lucie) and it's a great opportunity to see how I can do here."
In his first Eastern League start on June 26, Cohoon results were atypical to the type he had been used to all season. He gave up five runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings, but did not walk a batter and as a result of some heavy duty run support, earned his first Double-A win.
"I thought I pitched alright," Cohoon said. "I'm a ground ball pitcher, and I got a ton of ground balls and they found the hole. I didn't really get banged around the park a whole lot. I didn't have any walks. I wasn't struggling."
"I just have to keep them off the plate, keep the hitters honest," he continued. "I didn't do that in my last outing. They got a few knocks at key points, but it's something I'll learn from. The hitters are definitely a lot smarter up here; they have a game plan."
B-Mets pitching coach Mark Brewer has already been able to see why Cohoon was so successful with Savannah, but confesses that Cohoon is going to have to attack the inner half of the plate more frequently.
"Overall I see a guy that controls the fastball down in the zone and keeps hitters off stride for the most part," Brewer said. "But here, at this level, he's going to have to pitch in more often. At this level, (the hitters) don't get scared. They don't have any fear or questions in their mind that they can stand in there and jump on guys."
Playing in the Eastern League is a world of difference from playing in the Sally League. Cohoon rebounded in a big way in his second Double-A start. The left-hander tossed five innings and gave up one earned run (three runs overall) on five hits with four strikeouts and zero walks.
Though his first two starts were very different, Cohoon has a feel for what he needs to do in order to be productive at the Double-A level and ride the waves of his outstanding first half.
"Just in that (first) start I feel like I learned a whole lot," he said. "I just have to continue to experience what this level is like and start making the adjustments. You don't know whether you're doing something right or wrong until you see the results. Once I start seeing results then I'll know whether I'm making the right adjustments or not."
Brewer wholeheartedly supports the decision for Cohoon to be promoted to Binghamton and believes he will handle the Eastern League nicely.
"No doubt about it," Brewer said. "He's very sure of himself. He's not 19 years old, he's got a few years on him, not that he's old. He's got the mindset to pitch at this level, for sure."