Scout to Cook: Pick either slider or slurve
March, 5, 2010
By Jason Churchill | ESPN Insider
Scouts liked what they saw from Pepperdine right-hander Cole Cook against unbeaten and No. 1 LSU, but there are still big questions about him. A sophomore-eligible, Cook went seven strong innings, yielding three earned runs on seven hits and a walk. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Los Angeles native racked up nine strikeouts along the way.
"He was aggressive," an NL club's area scout said. "This was a nice test and he didn't back down. I had him in the low-90s for much of the game, and by my count his last fastball there (in the seventh inning) was 92. But the key for him was the split, it was very effective. And he was much better at avoid the middle of the plate, and for the most part kept the ball in the lower half of the zone."