No, Kyle Cooke did not play in Major League Baseball. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but he did not sign with them.
Kyle Cooke’s baseball career
Kyle Cooke was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 37th round of the 2001 MLB Draft out of high school. He did not sign with the Orioles, opting instead to attend the University of Maryland, College Park. Cooke was then drafted by the Anaheim Angels in the 16th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. He played in the Angels’ minor league system from 2004 to 2006.
Kyle Cooke played college baseball at Vanderbilt University from 2007-2010. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 10th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, but did not play in the majors. He played in the minors from 2010-2012.
Minor league baseball
Kyle Cooke played minor league baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He was drafted by the Cardinals in the 40th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Creighton University. He played four seasons in the Cardinals’ organization, reaching as high as Double-A in 2013.
Cooke’s post-baseball career
Cooke did not play in the MLB, but he did have a career in minor league baseball. After his baseball career, Cooke became a financial analyst and writer.
Though his baseball career was relatively short-lived, Kyle Cooke parlayed his good looks and athletic build into a successful post-baseball acting career.
After a few small roles on popular mid-2000s television shows like CSI: Miami and Bones, Cooke landed his breakout role as Mike Sanders on the hit CW show One Tree Hill. Playing a former minor league baseball player turned high school coach, Cooke’s character was a fan favorite on the show from 2009 to 2012.
Since One Tree Hill ended, Cooke has appeared in a number of films, including the 2014 indie drama Stonehearst Asylum and the 2016 action movie Precious Cargo. He will next be seen in the upcoming film Delta Force 2: The Colombian Connection.
After he was done with his baseball career, Kyle Cooke started his own business. He is now a successful entrepreneur and owns a few businesses. He is also a philanthropist and supports many charities.