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Zac Cook Making Adjustments in Pro Ball

Zac Cook Making Adjustments in Pro Ball

June 16, 2021

Zac Cook
Photo credit: UTA Athletics

Prospect Zac Cook has been making adjustments in pro ball. In fact, Cook has made a few tweaks to his plate approach this season with the low-A Dunedin Blue Jays for better results against professional pitching moving forward.

“My plate approach has changed a little for sure,” explained Cook. “In college you’re usually facing guys with one plus pitch, maybe two. But here the pitchers have better stuff across the board. Really dialing in on the things I can control and do well will help to make it easier to commit to our plan in the box.”

Cook is also adjusting to the automated strike zone put in place this season in the Low-A Southeast League.

“The automatic strike zone has taken a little time to get used to as well,” Cook added. “But overall I feel my plate approach is about the same as it’s always been, while constantly evolving on a daily basis. Hunting my pitch in the zone, not trying to force anything, not being afraid to stick to that and go deep in the count, and taking walks when they come.”

Finding success in the batter’s box in the early stages of his season in Dunedin; Cook is currently slashing .231/.403/.423 with an OPS of .826 after 52 at-bats with the D-Jays.

His success at the plate comes from not doing too much or straying away from his plan.

“The talent level is a little higher in pro ball,” said Cook. “Guys throw harder, have better off-speed pitches, but the command and execution aren’t always there. My approach has to adjust to that and take walks when they come and not try to hit pitches that aren’t part of my plan.”

And Cook’s plan will continue to serve him well moving forward in his pro career. Another thing that will help him climb up the ladder quickly is his versatility in the field.

Signed as an infielder out of the University of Texas-Arlington, Cook can play anywhere in the infield or outfield.

Appearing in 11 games in the outfield, and another three games at second base so far in his pro career; Cook has been reliable in either role.

Going 26-for-26 on outfield chances, and committing just one error at second base shows Cook’s versatility in the field.

Seeing himself as a super utility guy, Cook takes great pride in his defensive game.

“I think you could describe my defensive game as super utility,” stated Cook. “I played mostly infield in college and was signed as an infielder, but I’ve played outfield as well my whole life and feel just as comfortable there.”

Be sure to follow Zac Cook’s progress this season in Dunedin, and for years to come.