The Charlottesville Tom Sox couldn’t be any more excited to catch up with Tom Sox alum Billy Cooke, who was an instrumental part of the Coastal Carolina team that won the 2016 College World Series. He had been the true all-around player that had found the perfect balance between playing for a Division I baseball program and maintaining a strong G.P.A. Cooke earned the Dean’s list three times and was named to the Big South Presidential Honor Roll in both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
In his sophomore year he was named honorable mention All-Big South and voted to the NCAA Raleigh Regional All-Tournament team, batting .324. Then in the summer of 2017, he accomplished a dream that numerous baseball players desire at birth: getting drafted in MLB.
Cooke was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from his alma mater Coastal Carolina University (CCU). He strives to make an impact on his team and making all the necessary adjustments that it takes to endure a longer minor league season.
“Going from roughly 60 games in college to 140 games in the minors is a huge step. Eating very healthy and taking care of my body are very important aspects of my career that I will continue to improve on.”
Cooke went on to praise the Tom Sox for taking him in with open arms in the summer of 2015 after he was limited in his freshman year at CCU with a broken hamate bone. “To have the community of Charlottesville welcome me with open arms was truly something special. The people, the host families, and fans were fantastic.”
The Tom Sox organization was a vital aspect of his playing career, allowing Cooke to gain the additional repetitions to perfect his swing and regrow his confidence. He recommends the Valley League to any college player looking to play at the next level.
The Tom Sox are super proud for Cooke to achieve his lifelong dream and continue to play the game of baseball at an elite level. We wish him all the best in his career!