February 14, 1957 |
San Juan, Puerto Rico
|September 7, 1983 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
Last MLB appearance
|July 12, 1986 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||3.99|
Cocanower played college baseball at Baylor University, and was a pitcher for them during their appearances in the 1977 and 1978 College World Series, the Bears' first world series appearances. Cocanower's first world series matchup was a pitcher's duel against the 1977 National Player of the Year Randy Martz of the University of South Carolina, which was tied 1–1 in nine innings. After Baylor 0–4 run during Cocanower's time as a Bear, he was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers as an amateur free agent on June 7, 1978, ending his college career.
Cocanower began his first season of professional baseball in 1979, pitching for the Stockton Ports of the California League. He played in 20 games and started eight of them, finishing the season with a 2–4 record and an earned run average (ERA) of 4.15. Cocanower spent a second season at Stockton, where he was the on a team that included Mike Madden and fellow Baylor teammate Andy Beene. In 27 starts, Cocanower had 198 innings pitched, a 17–5 record, ten complete games, and a 2.18 ERA, and was the MVP of the California League in 1980. For the 1981 season, Cocanower was promoted to the Brewers' AAA-level affiliate, the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League. He had six wins, 12 losses, and a 5.65 ERA, and split time the next season between Vancouver and the El Paso Diablos. He pitched nine games for the Diablos and 14 games for the Canadians, with a 3–1 record and a 3.32 ERA for the Diablos, and a 4–3 record with a 4.86 ERA for the Canadians. Cocanower spent most of the 1983 season as a member of the Canadians' pitching rotation. He posted a 10–10 record with a 4.81 ERA over the course of the season, and was brought up to the Brewers as the minor league season ended.
Cocanower made his major league debut on September 7, 1983 against the New York Yankees, pitching four innings and allowing an earned run in an 11–5 loss. For the season, he pitched in five games and started in three, finishing with a 2–0 record and a 1.80 ERA. Cocanower spent the 1984 Milwaukee Brewers season as a firm part of the starting rotation, alongside Don Sutton and Moose Haas. He finished the season with 33 appearances and eight wins, 16 losses, a 4.02 ERA. He spend the 1985 Milwaukee Brewers season as a spot starter, starting in 15 games. He finished the season with a 6–8 record, a 4.33 ERA, and three complete games. He set an unofficial record in July 1985 when he threw a wild pitch in eight consecutive pitching appearances. Cocanower was used less frequently in 1986. He made 17 appearances with a 4.43 ERA, pitching in just under 45 innings.
Cocanower played his final major league game on July 12, 1986. He sent the rest of the season with the Beloit Brewers and the Arkansas Travelers. He was released by the Brewers on December 23, 1986, and was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on February 26, 1987. After a season with the Albuquerque Dukes where he had an ERA of 6.35, his professional career came to an end.
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