Cooper and Bussiere Selected in Day Two of Pro Baseball Draft

June 7, 2006

BERKELEY, CALIF. - The University of California baseball program had two more players selected during the second day of the 2006 Major League First-Year Player Draft. Junior right-hander Michael Cooper was drafted in the 26th round by the Chicago Cubs and junior catcher Garrett Bussiere was picked in the 26th round by the Saint Louis Cardinals.

Cooper finished the 2006 season 1-3 with a 5.31 ERA in 16 appearances and 12 starts. He recorded 32 strikeouts in 57.7 innings, picking up a victory over UC Santa Barbara Feb. 25 when he threw a season-high 7.0 innings with eight hits, two runs, no walks and three strikeouts. Cooper had a season-high five strikeouts in 3.3 innings Feb. 4 at UC Irvine. He transferred to Cal as a sophomore in 2005 from Santa Ana College, and now has a 4-5 career mark as a Bear with 66 strikeouts in 117.3 innings and a 4.37 ERA.

Starting 39 games behind the plate this season, Bussiere batted .237 with four doubles, six home runs and 14 RBI. He had a top series at Washington State Apr. 13-16, going 5-for-11 with two home runs and five RBI. For his college career, Bussiere owns a .266 average with 15 doubles, two triples, 16 home runs and 56 RBI. His first collegiate hit was a home run, Feb. 8, 2004 versus Long Beach State.

Cooper and Bussiere now join junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, junior center fielder Brennan Boesch, junior left fielder Chris Errecart, senior infielder Allen Craig and senior right-hander Jeremy Burchett, as Golden Bears selected in the 2006 draft.

On Tuesday, Morrow became the highest draft pick in Golden Bear baseball history when he was selected in the first round by the Seattle Mariners, and was the fifth pick overall, during the opening day of the Major League First-Year Player Draft. Boesch was picked in the third round by the Detroit Tigers, Errecart was selected in the fifth round by the Milwaukee Brewers, Craig was tabbed in the eighth round by the St. Louis Cardinals and Burchett was a ninth round pick of the Cincinnati Reds.

Cal's five athletes selected in the Top 10 rounds are believed to be the most in school history. The Bears also had one of their letter of intent signees, Lars Anderson, a 6-4, 205-pound left-handed first baseman from Fair Oaks, Calif. (Jesuit High School), selected in the 18th round by the Boston Red Sox.

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