Editor's Note: Two years ago, Site Manager Ben Humphrey asked readers to provide predictions for Cardinals baseball players. Last year, he renewed that request, and although Ben is in blogger retirement, we at VEB are re-renewing the request to predict how the Cardinals will do.
We will not get to every player on the 40-man roster, but we will get to most. There will not be a defined order for the players, but players most assured of playing time will go first so we can let some of Spring Training play out. We will ask for standard stats. For hitters: Plate Appearances, Home Runs, RBI (gasp!), Runs, Batting Average, On-Base Percentage, Slugging Percentage, and WAR. As trying to figure wOBA on is very difficult, we will use a rough approximation based on OBP and SLG ((1.7*OBP+SLG)/3). For pitchers: Starts, Games, Innings Pitched, K/9, BB/9, ERA, FIP, WAR, and Saves.
Determining Cooney's playing time this season is a rather difficult task. He was likely ticketed for Memphis to start the season in a fight for the sixth starter role with Marco Gonzales and Tyler Lyons likely looming in the pen for the big league club. The situation is further complicated by a slowdown in Spring Training that will not keep him on a regular starter's schedule. Last season, Cooney did pitch fairly well when called upon by the Cardinals.
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Here at VEB, Cooney was rated the number 4 prospect on the Cardinals (full list here). His Steamer, ZiPS, and FanGraphs Depth Chart Projections are available on his FanGraphs player page.
How will he do?
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