David Cooper (baseball)

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David Cooper
David Cooper on August 18, 2012.jpg
Cooper with the Toronto Blue Jays
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1987-02-12) February 12, 1987 (age 27)
Stockton, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
April 29, 2011 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average.270
Hits57
Home runs6
Runs batted in23
Teams
 
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David Cooper
David Cooper on August 18, 2012.jpg
Cooper with the Toronto Blue Jays
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1987-02-12) February 12, 1987 (age 27)
Stockton, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Left
MLB debut
April 29, 2011 for the Toronto Blue Jays
Career statistics
(through 2012 season)
Batting average.270
Hits57
Home runs6
Runs batted in23
Teams

David Fletcher Cooper (born February 12, 1987) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is a free agent. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 and 2012. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds.[1] Cooper is a graduate of Tokay High School in Lodi, California.[2]

Minor League career[edit]

Cooper played college baseball for the Cal State Fullerton Titans baseball team before finishing his college career with the California Golden Bears baseball team. In his junior season he hit .359/.449/.682 with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs, attracting the attention of professional scouts. Cooper was one of many first base prospects taken in the first round of the draft after other highly regarded college hitters such as Yonder Alonso, Brett Wallace, and Justin Smoak. In scouting reports prior to the draft Cooper was regarded as a highly polished college bat who can hit for both average and plus home run power in the majors. Defensively he is limited and will either play at 1B or DH at the major league level.[3]

He was drafted with the 17th overall pick of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was playing with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s in the Blue Jays organization, until he was called up to the Blue Jays on April 29, 2011.[4][5]

Major League career[edit]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

Cooper made his major league debut on April 29, 2011, against the New York Yankees, playing the DH position and batting 7th in the line-up. He walked in his first plate appearance, and struck out in his first official at-bat. He finished the game 0–4.[6] He recorded his first career RBI the next day in a 5-4 loss to the Yankees, and his first career hit on May 1 against Ivan Nova.[7] On May 10, Cooper hit his first career home run, a solo shot off of Boston Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard, and followed that up with a game winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning.[8] Cooper was demoted back to Triple-A on May 15, and after almost 4 months with Las Vegas, he was included in the Blue Jays' September call-ups and re-debuted on September 8.

Cooper did not make the Blue Jays roster out of spring training and began the 2012 season at Las Vegas. Cooper was hitting .298 with 6 HR and 34 RBI in 42 games when on May 25, he was promoted to Toronto after Ben Francisco was placed on the 15-day DL.[9]

Cooper was optioned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on June 24, 2012.[10] He was recalled on July 30 to replace Adam Lind, who was placed on the disabled list due to a mid-back strain,[11] On February 17, 2013, the Blue Jays announced that Cooper will miss all of spring training due to a serious back injury, and is seeking treatment for a disc issue.[12][13] Cooper was released by the Blue Jays on March 13, 2013.[14]

Cooper underwent back surgery in April 2013 and had a titanium plate and two titanium screws placed in his T7 and T8 vertebrae to reinforce his spine.[15]

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On August 13, 2013, Cooper signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians. It included an opt out clause if he didn't make the major league club by late August.[16] He played seven games with the Columbus Clippers before being granted free agency on August 31.

Cooper signed a new major league deal with the Indians on December 9, 2013.[17] He was designated for assignment on March 2, 2014 when Justin Sellers was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers,[18] and was outrighted to Triple-A on March 4.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "David Cooper profile at Yahoo! Sports". Yahoo!. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Despite ‘major’ leap, David Cooper settles in Lodi
  3. ^ "Minor League Baseball: Events: 2008 Draft Report". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved 2008-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Draft: 2008 DraftTracker". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ Roster as of August 1, 2008. The Lansing Lugnuts. Retrieved on 2008-08-07.
  6. ^ "Romero recovers fast, leads Blue Jays over Yankees". Yahoo!. April 29, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Granderson, Teixeira send Yankees past Blue Jays". Yahoo!. May 1, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ Cooper drives in winning run as Jays beat Red Sox
  9. ^ Kennedy, Brendan (May 25, 2012). "Blue Jays promote first baseman David Cooper and reliever Ryota Igarashi". Toronto Star. 
  10. ^ Griffin: Blue Jays crushed 9-0 by Miami Marlins, Red Sox on deck
  11. ^ "Jays place Lind on 15-day DL; Morrow makes rehab start". TSN.ca. July 30, 2012. Retrieved July 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Blue Jays 1B Cooper to miss spring training with back injury". TSN.ca. February 17, 2013. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  13. ^ Davidi, Shi (February 17, 2013). "Jays' Cooper out with serious back injury". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved February 17, 2013. 
  14. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (March 13, 2013). "Blue Jays release David Cooper". NBCSports.com. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (June 2, 2013). "David Cooper: Medical marvel". ESPN. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ Fordin, Spencer (August 13, 2013). "Tribe inks first baseman Cooper to Minors deal". MLB.com. Retrieved August 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ Adams, Steve (December 9, 2013). "Indians Sign David Cooper". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ Hoynes, Paul (March 2, 2014). "Cleveland Indians acquire Dodger infielder Justin Sellers for cash; DFA David Cooper". Cleveland.com. Retrieved March 2, 2014. 
  19. ^ Adams, Steve (March 4, 2014). "Minor Moves: Cooper, Flores, Perez". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 

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