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Former Wake Forest Pitcher Tim Cooney Will Make MLB Debut for St. Louis Cardinals this Thursday

The former Deacon standout got the call up to the big leagues.

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals star pitcher Adam Wainwright tore his Achilles in his left foot and is now out for the year. While that's very unfortunate for Adam, it presented an outstanding opportunity for former Wake Forest standout pitcher Tim Cooney, who was called up from the team's Triple-A affiliate and will make his Major League Baseball debut this Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mike Matheny announced that rookie LHP Tim Cooney will make start for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/STLCards?src=hash">#STLCards</a> on Thursday in series finale against <a href="https://twitter.com/Phillies">@Phillies</a></p>&mdash; St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) <a href="https://twitter.com/Cardinals/status/593157701078659072">April 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Cooney is 6'3" 195 pounds and was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 amateur draft. Cooney was spending his second season in Triple-A for the Memphis Redbirds. Last season Cooney went 14-6 and had an ERA of 3.47. He had 119 strikeouts in 158.0 innings to just 47 walks. So far this season he is 2-1 with an ERA of 3.63. He has improved his strikeout to walk ratio from 2.53:1 to 2.80:1.

Congratulations to Tim!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Tim Cooney will be the second 2012 draftee to make a MLB debut. Michael Wacha the other.</p>&mdash; CardinalsFarm (@CardinalsFarm) <a href="https://twitter.com/CardinalsFarm/status/593160219183718400">April 28, 2015</a></blockquote>

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