Cook Named Top Prospect In VBL

Braves LHP Jeremy Cook has been named the top prospect in the Valley League for the 2018 season by Baseball America.

The Braves have had the top prospect in the VBL four of the past six summers.

2013 – Max Povse (Baseball America and Perfect Game)
2014 – JC Escarra (Baseball America)
2015 – Garrett Cave (Perfect Game)
2018 – Jeremy Cook (Baseball America)

Here’s the scouting report on Cook from Baseball America.
Cook is a savvy lefty who controls the strike zone with a fastball that sits 90-92 mph and occasionally touches 93-94 mph. Used only in relief, he also gets outs with a 79-80 mph sharp slider that breaks low and away from lefty hitters. He’ll also show an occasional 11-to-5 high-arc curveball as a spot offering. Cook went 4-2, 3.04 in 20 games for the Braves, all in relief. He struck out 41 hitters with 18 walks in 23.2 innings pitched. He throws from a mid-3/4 slot and moves his pitches to both the arm- and glove-side. He battles lefty hitters with a fastball that moves down and away. He spots his fastball center-in with sink to righties. One challenge going forward will be to widen the strike zone in order to reduce his walks in late innings, when he pitches most often.