Cooper Hjerpe

22-Year-Old PitcherP
St. Louis Cardinals A+
7-Day IL
Injury Undisclosed
Est. Return 6/6/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
The data darling of the 2022 MLB Draft on the pitching side, Hjerpe's fastball sits in the low-90s, touching 95 mph, but the extreme vertical approach angle from his sidearm delivery allows his fastball to play up as a plus pitch. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound southpaw from Oregon State registered a 2.53 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 161:23 K:BB in 103.1 innings as a junior. The Cardinals grabbed him with the 22nd overall pick and gave him full slot money. Most pitchers gain a tick or two of velocity in pro ball, so Hjerpe's fastball should remain a dominant weapon thanks partially to his excellent command. As with most starters with a low arm slot, the big question is how his secondaries will develop. He throws a couple breaking balls and a changeup, but none of them are thrown harder than around 80 mph. Even so, his sweeping slider performed like a plus pitch in college. Hjerpe did not pitch after getting drafted, but he could be one of the best pitchers from this class and could move quickly. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a $3.18 million contract with the Cardinals in July of 2022.
Lands on IL
PSt. Louis Cardinals  A+
May 30, 2023
Hjerpe (undisclosed) was placed on High-A Peoria's injured list Tuesday.
Hjerpe has had some issues with walks this year, posting a 49:23 K:BB over 39.1 innings with Peoria. While the nature of his injury wasn't revealed with the organization's announcement, it could have been a factor in his performance. He'll be down for at least a week while he recovers.
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Too many walks at High-A
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April 22, 2023
Hjerpe has a 7.50 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 16:9 K:BB through his first three professional starts with High-A Peoria.
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Drafted by Cardinals
PSt. Louis Cardinals  A+
July 17, 2022
The Cardinals have selected Hjerpe with the 22nd overall pick in the 2022 first-year player draft.
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