Satin and Cooper Selected 2008 Rivals.com Second-Team All-Americans
June 10, 2008
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Senior second baseman Josh Satin and junior first baseman David Cooper have been selected second-team All-Americans by Rival.com, it was announced Tuesday, June 10 by the national collegiate baseball website. Both Satin and Cooper were earlier named third-team All-Americans in Collegiate Baseball and were drafted last Thursday, June 5 in the Major League First-Year Player Draft. Cooper was selected in the first round (17th pick overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays, while Satin was a sixth round pick of the New York Mets.
A first-team All-Pac-10 selection, Satin hit the game-winning homer in the 10th inning versus UCLA on May 25 in his last home at-bat at Evans Diamond. He was also a semifinalist for USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award and the Wallace Award as the national player of the year candidate and ended the year batting a team-best .379 with 11 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs and 52 RBI.
Satin hit safely in the first 22 games this season and established a school-record a 27-game hitting streak from May 20, 2007 through Mar. 29, 2008. He was the Mar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week when Cal defeated three ranked teams at the University of San Diego Tournament, going 10-for-19 (.526) with a double, two home runs and eight RBI.
In 2005, Satin was first-team All-Pac-10 and a Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American when he batted .348 with 15 doubles, a triple, five home runs and 40 RBI. He joins Xavier Nady (1998-2000) as the only Cal players to have earned both Freshman All-America and All-America honors during his career. Satin's 246 career hits are fifth on the Cal all-time list.
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 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, are 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 for the 33-21-2 Bears who qualified for NCAA postseason for the first time since 2001. 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.