David Cooper Picked in the First Round of the Major League First-Year Draft
June 5, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - University of California junior first baseman David Cooper became the third-highest draft pick in Golden Bear baseball history when he was selected in the first round by the Toronto Blue Jays, and was the 17th pick overall, during the opening day of the 2008 Major League First-Year Player Draft on Thursday. Cooper, from Stockton, Calif. (Tokay High School), trails only right-hander Brandon Morrow, who was the fifth pick overall by the Seattle Mariners in 2006 and shortstop/outfielder Ted Parks, who was the 16th pick overall by the Baltimore Orioles in 1966, as Cal baseball's highest draft picks.
A third-team All-American in Collegiate Baseball and a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Cooper was also a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award and the Wallace Awards this season. He batted .359 with 14 doubles, 19 home runs and 55 RBI. He also had 55 runs, a .682 slugging percentage, a .449 on-base percentage, 150 total bases, 37 walks and is currently seventh in the Pac-10 with 79 hits.
Cooper is a transfer from Cal State Fullerton, where as a freshman he was a member of the 2006 College World Series All-Tournament team. He flirted with a College World Series record with seven consecutive hits, tying Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984). Cooper led all players at the 2006 World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI.
The Bears' outstanding left-handed hitter is second on Cal's all-time list with a .656 career slugging percentage and Cooper's .370 career batting average is tied for fourth (with Xavier Nady of the Pittsburgh Pirates) in the Bears' record book. His 31 home runs for Cal, in just two seasons, is seventh on the all-time list. This year, Cooper's 19 home runs were tied fourth on the school's all-time single-season list (with Xavier Nady in 2000).
Additionally, Cooper led the team with 24 multiple hit games and 17 multiple RBI games. He had the game-winning hit April 20 versus Washington, and the game-winning two-run single at USC on April 13. Cooper was the April 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week after going 6-for-12 with two doubles, two home runs and three RBI in the Bears' sweep of Long Beach State March 28-30 at Evans Diamond.
.656 slugging percentage second on Cal all-time list.370 career average tied for fourth (with Xavier Nady, 1998-00) on the Cal all-time list31 HR seventh on Cal all-time list
19 HR in 2008 tied for fourth (with Xavier Nady in 2000) on the Cal single-season list150 total bases in 2008 ninth on the Cal single-season list.682 slugging percentage in 2008 seventh on the Cal single-season list
Cooper's Career Statistics (at California)YEAR AVG G AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR BB SO SB2007 .382 55 204 39 78 55 14 0 12 30 21 22008 .359 56 220 55 79 55 14 0 19 37 35 0Total .370 111 424 94 157 110 28 0 31 67 56 2