Jake Cousins (born July 14, 1994) is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers (MLB). The Washington Nationals selected him in the 20th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.
Cousins attended Wheaton Academy and grew up in St. Charles, Illinois. He played four seasons of college baseball for the Penn Quakers at the University of Pennsylvania. Cousins was chosen first-team All-Ivy League after posting a 7–2 record with a 3.15 earned run average (ERA) as a senior.
His collegiate career record was 20–7 with a 2.91 earned run average. He played collegiate summer baseball for the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Harwich Mariners in 2015.
The Washington Nationals selected Cousins in the 20th round (613th overall) of the 2017 Major League Baseball draft. In 2017, he debuted professionally with the GCL Nationals and also spent time with the Low-A Auburn Doubledays.
Cousins signed with the Schaumburg Boomers of the independent Frontier League on May 24, 2019, and pitched 15 innings in relief for the Boomers, posting a 0.47 ERA and 18 strikeouts.
The Milwaukee Brewers bought Cousins’ contract from Schaumburg on July 17, 2019, after being impressed by his performance. Cousins was sent to the Arizona League Brewers Blue after signing with the Brewers before being promoted to the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
Cousins went 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 14 games between the AZL Brewers and the Wisconsin Badgers, striking out 39 batters in 28.1 innings.