Jason Cooper And Darin Naatjes Sign Pro Baseball Contracts
Aug. 5, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Former Stanford Baseball players Jason Cooper and Darin Naatjes have recently signed professional baseball contracts, bringing the total number of 2002 Stanford Baseball players to enter the professional ranks to six. Cooper and Naatjes, both juniors on the 2002 Cardinal club, join previous signees Scott Dragicevich, Chris O'Riordan, Dan Rich and Andy Topham - all members of Stanford's 2002 senior class that became the first group of Stanford Baseball players to make four consecutive trips to the College World Series.
Cooper was a third round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2002 MLB First-Year Player Draft and has been assigned to the Single-A Columbus RedStixx of the South Atlantic League. Cooper hit .350 with 13 homers and a team-high 57 RBI to earn First Team All-Pac-10 honors in his final collegiate season. He also led the club with a .611 slugging percentage. In addition, Cooper earned a spot on the All-Regional team during the NCAA Tournament. He finished his three-year Stanford career with a .296 batting average, 24 homers and 103 RBI.
Naatjes was a 14th round draft pick of the Philadelphia Phillies in June 2002 and is scheduled to be assigned today to the Short Season Single-A Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League. The righthander was moved from the outfield to a role in the bullpen during his final collegiate baseball season as a junior in 2002. He responded by posting a 4-0 record with a 2.53 ERA and two saves, striking out 25 batters in 21.1 innings pitched in his only collegiate season as a pitcher. His career strikeout per nine innings average of 10.55 ranks second on Stanford's all-time list.