6. Tim Cooney, 23
On the surface, Cooney’s numbers for 2014 look really impressive, and they should. Tim Cooney could be in many major league starting rotations today. Cooney went 14-6 with a 3. 47 ERA in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. While he struck out 119, he did allow 21 home runs, but again it’s a HR happy league. Cooney had probably the best start of any Cardinal minor leaguer on May 29th against the Iowa Cubs. He allowed 1 hit, with 2 outs in the 9th, and struck out 7 while walking 2. Over his 25 starts, Cooney worked into the 6th inning 20 times, including 10 out of his last 11 starts. He may not be a top of the rotation starter, but he will provide great consistency and is an innings eater. He will begin 2015 back in the Memphis rotation and is part of a deep group of starters. As injuries happen, Cooney should make his major league debut at some point in 2015.