Former Clovis High baseball standout Ryan Cook has been whisked from Mobile, Ala., to the heat of a major league pennant race.
Cook was promoted to the majors for the first time Wednesday as the Arizona Diamondbacks – who are battling San Francisco for the National League West title – attempt to fortify their bullpen.
And Arizona manager Kirk Gibson immediately threw Cook into the fire, summoning the 24-year-old right-hander to pitch the top of the 10th inning against Milwaukee in a 2-2 tie. The Brewers proceeded to score three runs on three hits and a walk off Cook – who did not record an out – before he was lifted and eventually tagged with the loss in the Diamondbacks' 5-2 defeat.
Cook was 1-4 with a 2.25 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 44 innings while converting 13 of 16 save opportunities for the Diamondbacks' Double-A affiliate, the Mobile Bay Bears.
The move had been rumored since Tuesday when Mobile pitcher Charles Brewer announced Cook's promotion via Twitter. The tweet was quickly taken down and Gibson told reporters Tuesday that Cook was "not on his lineup card" that day.
But the delay was procedural as the Diamondbacks had to clear space for Cook's arrival, which they did Wednesday by sending right-handers Yhency Brazoban and Barry Enright to Triple-A Reno.
Cook is the first former Cougar in coach James Patrick's 23 years at Clovis to reach the majors.
"He texted me yesterday and said he'd gotten called up. He's pretty excited," Patrick said. "When you get in this profession, one of your goals is to coach a kid who makes it all the way to the major leagues. For Ryan to do that is pretty exciting for me."
Since being selected in the 27th round of the 2008 draft by the Diamondbacks, Cook is 19-25 with a 3.81 ERA and 293 strikeouts in 351 2/3 innings.
Cook is wearing No. 48 for the Diamondbacks.