Josh Satin Named First-Team All-American in Baseball America
June 12, 2008
DURHAM, N.C. - 2008 Baseball America first-team All-Americans
California senior second baseman Josh Satin became the school's first, first-team All-American in baseball since 1992 when he was named to Baseball America's first-team All-America squad Thursday, June 12 by the national publication. Satin, who was selected in the sixth round by the New York Mets on June 5, has also been named an All-American this spring by Rivals.com (second-team) and Collegiate Baseball (third-team). He becomes the first Golden Bear to earn first-team All-America accolades since designated hitter Troy Penix in 1992 when Penix batted .360 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI to help lead Cal to the College World Series.
A first-team All-Pac-10 selection in both 2005 and 2008, 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.
Junior first baseman David Cooper was picked as a second-team All-American by Baseball America after being a first-round (17th pick overall) selection of the Toronto Blue Jays during the June 5 draft. Cooper has now been tabbed an All-American by four different publications/websites (Baseball America, second-team by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers, second-team by Rivals.com and third-team by Collegiate Baseball).
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.
Josh Satin, 2B, SRSixth-round draft pick of the New York MetsFirst-team All-American Baseball AmericaSecond-team All-American Rivals.comThird-team All-American Collegiate BaseballFirst-team All-Pac-10Semifinalist for Golden Spikes AwardSemifinalist for Wallace AwardSchool-record 27-game hitting streakMar. 4 Pac-10 Player of the Week246 career hits are fifth on the Cal all-time list381 career total bases are fifth on the Cal all-time list789 career at-bats are fifth on the Cal all-time list153 career RBI are sixth on the Cal all-time list214 career games are eighth on the Cal all-time list119 career walks are eighth (tied with Mike Zahn, 1981-84) on the Cal all-time list29 career home runs are ninth (tied with Jerry Goff, 1984-86) on the Cal all-time list.723 slugging percentage in 2008 was third on the Cal single-season list18 HR in 2008 tied for sixth (with three other players) on the Cal single-season list
David Cooper, 1B, JRFirst-round draft pick (17th overall) of the Toronto Blue JaysSecond-team All-American Baseball AmericaSecond-team All-American National Collegiate Baseball WritersSecond-team All-American Rivals.comThird-team All-American Collegiate BaseballFirst-team All-Pac-10Semifinalist for Dick Howser TrophySemifinalist for Golden Spikes AwardSemifinalist for Wallace AwardApr. 1 Pac-10 Player of the Week.656 career 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 career home runs seventh on Cal all-time list19 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