Connor Cooke (MLB Pipeline #23, JaysProspectus #13)
Cooke is a 24-year-old high powered right-handed relief pitcher who pitched across three levels in 2023 before ultimately landing at Triple-A. His 4.06 ERA does not jump off a page but he finished 3rd in strikeout rate across all minor league relievers with 30+ appearances this year.
He primarily throws a dominant slider with huge spin rates and massive horizontal break. His mid 90s fastball with ride and arm side run plays well off his elite breaking ball and Cooke will also mix in a solid changeup. He did a good job throwing strikes this year but struggled with it at Triple-A like most pitchers. Commanding his pitches will be a point of emphasis for him next year but he has the stuff and athleticism to a great MLB reliever.
Like Zulueta, Cooke has some things to clean up but he's a name to watch at camp and projects to be one of the top reliever options at Triple-A for the 2024 season.