Ryan Cook (baseball)

Ryan Cook
Cook with the Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners – No. 46
Born: (1987-06-30) June 30, 1987
Clovis, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 20, 2011, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through June 20, 2018)
Win–loss record 14–13
Earned run average 3.58
Strikeouts 224
Saves 17
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Star (2012)
  • Struck out four batters in a single inning (April 27, 2012)

Ryan William Cook (born June 30, 1987) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox. He was an MLB All-Star in 2012.


Arizona Diamondbacks

Cook attended Clovis High School[1] and the University of Southern California, where he played college baseball for the USC Trojans baseball team. He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 27th round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft.

He was called up to the majors for the first time on July 20, 2011.[2]

Oakland Athletics

On December 9, 2011, Cook, along with Jarrod Parker and Collin Cowgill, was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Trevor Cahill and Craig Breslow.[3]

On April 27, 2012, against the Baltimore Orioles, Cook became the 61st player in MLB history to record four strikeouts in one inning. He was the Athletics' representative at the 2012 All-Star Game where he pitched a perfect seventh inning.[4] In 2013, Cook repeated his 2012 performance by going 6-4 in 71 games. His ERA was 2.54 while recording 67 strikeouts in 67 innings. Despite a pair of injuries during the 2014 season, Cook was a solid bullpen piece for the A's, appearing in 54 games while going 1-3.

Boston Red Sox

On July 31, 2015, Cook was traded to the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later.[5]

Chicago Cubs

Cook was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on November 6, 2015, however his contact was non-tendered on December 2, 2015 making Cook a free agent.[6][7]

Seattle Mariners

On January 7, 2016, Cook signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners.[8] He was outrighted to the minors on November 2, 2016.[9]

Cook missed the entire 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery.

Cook began the 2018 season with the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers and impressed with a 2.03 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 13.1 innings pitched. He was called up to the Mariners on May 17, 2018.

Pitching style

Cook throws four pitches. His main offering and best pitch is a hard four-seam fastball at 94–97 mph. He also features a sweeping slider (84–86), hard splitter (88–91),[10] and two-seam fastball (94–97). Right-handed hitters see almost exclusively four-seamers and sliders, while lefties see a mix of all four of his pitches.[11]

See also


  1. Matthews, Alan. 2005. High Heat: West Coast Parity Makes For Close Contests. Baseball America (March 24, 2005).
  2. Arizona Diamondbacks call up 2 pitchers from minor leagues
  3. Gilbert, Steve (December 9, 2011). "D-backs pick up Cahill, Breslow from A's". MLB.com. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
  4. "A's Ryan Cook pitches a perfect 7th" by John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle. Accessed July 11, 2012.
  5. Doyle, Ricky (July 31, 2015). "Red Sox Acquire Pitcher Ryan Cook From Athletics At MLB Trade Deadline". NESN. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  6. Hellman, Aaron. "Ryan Cook: The quiet move that just makes sense". cubsgeek.com. Cubs Geek. Archived from the original on 13 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  7. "Cubs Non-Tender 2, Sign 2, Tender Contracts To 6 More". SB Nation. 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-12-09.
  8. http://m.mariners.mlb.com/news/article/161302776/ryan-cook-signs-contract-with-seattle-mariners
  9. Adams, Steve (November 2, 2016). "Mariners Announce Six Roster Moves". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  10. Stiglitch, Joe (March 14, 2012). "Oakland A's notebook: Ryan Cook making strong impression with new team". Times-Standard. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
  11. "PITCHf/x Player Card: Ryan Cook". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved May 1, 2012.
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