Tim Cooney (baseball)

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Tim Cooney
Tim Cooney on April 30, 2015.jpg
Cleveland Indians – No. 67
Born: (1990-12-19) December 19, 1990 (age 26)
Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
April 30, 2015, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Win–loss record 1–0
Earned run average 3.16
Strikeouts 29

Timothy Manus Cooney (born December 19, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals selected him in the third round of the 2012 amateur draft after attending Wake Forest University and playing college baseball for the Demon Deacons. He made his major league debut on April 30, 2015.


Cooney attended Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Pitching for Malvern's baseball team, Cooney won the Pennsylvania state championship in 2009.[1] Though Cooney received scholarship offers from Ivy League universities, he chose to enroll at Wake Forest University to play college baseball for the Demon Deacons in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[2] As a sophomore, Cooney was named to the All-ACC second team.[3]

The Cardinals chose Cooney in the third round, with the 117th overall selection, of the 2012 MLB Draft.[3] He made his professional debut that year with the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League.[4] In 2013, Cooney began the season with the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, and was promoted to the Springfield Cardinals of the Class AA Texas League.[5] The Cardinals invited Cooney to spring training in 2014.[6] With Springfield, he was a mid-season All-Star for the Texas League.[7] Next, Cooney pitched for the Memphis Redbirds of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) in 2014,[8] and opened the season with Memphis in 2015.[9] Entering the 2015 season, Baseball America rated Cooney as having the best control in the Cardinals organization.[7]

Cooney during his tenure with the Memphis Redbirds, triple-A affiliates of the Cardinals, in 2015

Cooney made his major league debut on April 30, 2015, replacing the injured Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals' starting rotation.[10] Cooney struggled in his debut, and was optioned back to Memphis the next day.[11] On May 17, he was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week after allowing a 0.66 ERA in 13 13 IP against the New Orleans Zephyrs and Omaha Storm Chasers. He also held batters to a .143 batting average against (7-for-49).[12] In his first 14 starts of the season with Memphis, Cooney completed 88 23 IP, allowing 27 ER for a 2.74 ERA. He also struck out 63 batters and was 6–4 in won–loss decisions. He was named to the 2015 PCL All-Star squad on July 1.[7] The Cardinals recalled him the next day when they placed outfielder Jon Jay on the disabled list.[13]

On July 24 against the Atlanta Braves, Cooney earned his first major league victory by pitching a career-high seven innings in a 4−2 outcome. He had previously received no-decisions in each of his first five major league starts. Further, he had a 12-inning scoreless streak that ended in the sixth inning.[14] The Cardinals withheld Cooney from play for the remainder of the season starting on September 1 due to appendicitis. His major league totals for the season included a 1–0 record, 3.16 ERA, 28 hits, 10 walks allowed and 29 strikeouts in 31 13 innings.[15]

Prior to the 2016 season, Baseball America rated Cooney as the second-best prospect in the Cardinals organization.[16] However, Cooney missed the whole 2016 season due to a shoulder injury.[17]

On November 18, 2016, Cooney was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians.[18]


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  1. ^ "Meet LHP Tim Cooney: Playing in Peoria". Peoriachiefs.mlblogs.com. February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ Booher, Kary (July 13, 2013). "Springfield southpaw Cooney likes a good challenge". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Wake's Mac Williamson & Tim Cooney picked in 3rd round of MLB Draft". digtriad.com. Retrieved April 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ Vowles, Ryan (August 2, 2012). "Cooney's journy starts in Batavia". MiLB.com (Batavia Muckdogs). Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  5. ^ Thornburg, Chad (July 26, 2013). "St. Louis Cardinals well represented among game's top prospects". MLB.com (stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com). Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ Goold, Derrick (January 22, 2014). "Cards invite 18 non-roster players to spring training". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved February 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Memphis Redbirds (July 1, 2015). "Tuivailala, Cooney named to PCL All-Star team". MiLB.com. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Rome, Chandler (July 21, 2014). "Redbirds' Cooney tinkering with his arsenal to good effect". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ Press services (April 6, 2015). "Redbirds set opening roster". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved April 28, 2015. 
  10. ^ Silva, Drew (April 28, 2015). "Tim Cooney gets first shot at replacing Adam Wainwright in Cardinals' starting rotation". NBCSports.com Hardball Talk. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  11. ^ Harris, Joe (May 1, 2015). "Cards call up Socolovich, option Cooney". MLB.com. Retrieved May 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Memphis Redbirds (May 18, 2015). "Tim Cooney named PCL Pitcher of the Week". MiLB.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Cardinals place Jon Jay on 15-day disabled list". USA Today. Associated Press. July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2015. 
  14. ^ Langosch, Jenifer; Cobb, David (July 24, 2015). "Cooney wins first as Grichuk, Cardinals top Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Gitlin, Marty (September 1, 2015). "Cardinals shut down Tim Cooney with appendicitis". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ Manuel, John (November 16, 2015). "St. Louis Cardinals top 10 prospects". Baseball America. Retrieved January 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/cardinals-tim-cooney-sidelined-at-triple-a-with-shoulder-injury/
  18. ^ Todd, Jeff (November 18, 2016). "Indians Claim Tim Cooney". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  19. ^ Goold, Derrick (August 12, 2015). "Cards prospect Reyes sweeps 'Tools Triple Crown'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 12, 2015. 

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