St. Louis Cardinals: Top 10 Prospects

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.

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