Meet LHP Tim Cooney

*As March approaches we are going to use this blog space to introduce you to potential 2013 Peoria Chiefs players. We do not have any inside information on our roster and nothing will be official until the end of March. But with the affiliation change it is time to get familiar with some faces and names that we could see on the diamond in Peoria this summer, if not opening day then sometime during 2013. Over the next few weeks we’ll take a look at 2012 and 2011 draftees plus foreign born players who excelled in Batavia, Johnson City and GCL Cardinals in 2012.*

So far you have met Patrick Wisdom, Steve Bean and Carson Kelly. Today meet the first left-handed pitcher the Cardinals drafted in 2012: Tim Cooney.

LHP – Tim Cooney      Height: 6’3     Weight: 195     Bats: L    Throws: L

Twitter: @T_Coons

Drafted: 3rd round in 2012 (117th overall) out of Wake Forest

Residence: Collegeville, PA

School: Wake Forest University


  • Ranked by Baseball America as the #19 prospect in the New-York Penn League, and the top ranked left-handed pitcher
  • Made 13 appearances and 11 starts for Batavia going 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA
  • Struck out 43 and walked just eight over 55 2/3 innings
  • Made his pro debut on June 23 with five innings of one-run ball against Jamestown
  • Earned first win as a reliever on June 29 with 4 1/3 innings against Jamestown
  • Started final nine outings and went at least five innings in six starts
  • Threw a career-high six innings without allowing a run on August 18 against Mahoning Valley
  • Also threw six innings on August 30 in a win at Williamsport
  • Went 2-1 with a 2.72 ERA in nine outings before the All-Star break
  • Earliest drafted LHP by Cardinals sine Brad Furnish in 2006.


  • Tied for eighth on the WF list with 278 innings and 235 strikeouts
  • Started 42 games with two complete games and a 4.01 ERA with a 17-16 career record
  • 2012: Went 6-7 with a 3.82 ERA in 15 starts with one complete game
  • Struck out 90 in 99 innings with 38 walks in his final collegiate season
  • Went 4-4 in ACC play in 10 starts.
  • Twice named ACC Pitcher of the Week in 2012 (Feb 27 & Apr 18)
  • Threw a complete game at Boston College on April 27 but lost 1-0
  • Struck out a season-high 11 at New Mexico State on February 17
  • 2011: Went 7-3 as a sophomore with a 3.01 ERA while being named Second Team All-ACC
  • Struck out 91 in 14 starts while walking just 18 batters. The 91 K are tied for 10th on WF single-season list
  • First All-ACC selection for WF since 2007
  • Struck out a career-high 14 against Radford on March 6
  • Recorded first WF shutout of Florida State on the road since 1967 with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings on March 26
  • Threw a complete game with seven strikeouts at Clemson on April 23
  • Went 6-1 in ACC games with a 2.61 ERA to finish sixth in the ACC in league ERA, second in innings, fifth in wins and seventh in strikeouts
  • Pitched in the Cape Cod League going 2-5 with a 3.54 ERA while striking out 48 in 48 1/3 innings.
  • 2010: Started 13 games and went 4-6 with a 5.49 ERA as a freshman
  • Finished the season in the top 10 for most starts, strikeouts and innings for a freshman in Wake Forest history
  • Beat Dayton in his college debut on February 20 with two runs allowed over 6 1/3 innings while striking out six
  • Beat Virginia Tech with eight shutout innings on March 27 while striking out two
  • Lost at Duke on April 23 despite setting a new career high with 8 2/3 innings.

Post-game Wake Forest Interview

High School 

  • Played high school ball at Malvern Prep in Malvern, PA the same school that produced former MLB catcher Ben Davis and current Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy
  • Went 25-6 in high school and Malvern won the 2009 State Championship
  • Malvern was 40-3 in 2008 and ranked nationally
  • Was twice named All Inter-Ac and Philadelphia Daily News All-City
  • Three times named to the Philadelphia Inquirer All-SE Penn Team
  • Named the 2007 Inter-AC League MVP
  • Was on the Malvern swim team as a senior.

Professional Career Highs

Innings: 6.0, twice, last August 3 at Williamsport
Strikeouts: 8, August 11 v. Williamsport
Hits: 7, July 23 at State College
Runs: 5, August 24 v. Williamsport
Walks: 1, many times
Low-Hit: 2, many times
Win Streak: 2 – June 29 – August 29
Loss Streak: 2, August 5-24
Current: Lost 1
Quality Starts: 2

Check back on Thursday for a look at another potential Chiefs player for 2013.

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