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Garrett Nicholas Cooper (born December 25, 1990) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the New York Yankees.

Garrett Cooper
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Cooper with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in 2017
Miami Marlins – No. 26
First baseman
Born: (1990-12-25) December 25, 1990 (age 28)
Torrance, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 14, 2017, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through September 11, 2019)
Batting average.281
Home runs15
Runs batted in58
Teams

Early life and educationEdit

Garrett Nicholas Cooper was born on December 25, 1990. He was raised in Manhattan Beach, California.[1] He attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles. As a senior, he hit .397 with four home runs and 25 RBIs.[2] After high school, he enrolled and played college baseball at El Camino College and Auburn University.[3] In 2013, his senior year at Auburn, he slashed .354/.481/.540 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs in 56 games.[4]

Minor League careerEdit

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Cooper in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[5][6] He signed and spent 2013 with both the Helena Brewers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, batting a combined .283 with six home runs and 30 RBIs in 48 total games between both teams. In 2014, he played for Wisconsin, the AZL Brewers, and the Brevard County Manatees, slashing .262/.347/.390 with four home runs and 27 RBIs between the three clubs, and in 2015, he played for Brevard County and the Biloxi Shuckers, posting a combined .310 with eight home runs and 59 RBIs. Cooper spent 2016 with Biloxi and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox where he compiled a .292 batting average with nine home runs, 69 RBIs. He began 2017 back with Colorado where he slashed .366/.428/.652 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs in 75 games.[7]

Major League careerEdit

New York Yankees (2017)Edit

On July 13, 2017 Cooper was traded to the New York Yankees in exchange for left handed pitcher Tyler Webb.[8]. The Yankees promoted Cooper to the major leagues on July 14,[9] and he made his debut that day against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. On July 16, Cooper got his first MLB hit off David Price. In 13 games for the Yankees, he batted .326 with five doubles and six RBIs. He also spent time with the Trenton Thunder and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders while with the Yankees organization.[10]

Miami Marlins (2018— )Edit

On November 20, 2017, Cooper was traded to the Miami Marlins along with Caleb Smith in exchange for pitcher Mike King and international bonus pool money.[11] On March 25, 2018, the Marlins announced the Cooper had made the Opening Day roster.[12] He was placed on the disabled list at the beginning of May, and was activated at the beginning of July.[13]

Cooper hit his first major league home run on May 22, 2019, off Detroit Tigers pitcher Derek Norris.[14] It was the 39th game he had played in the major leagues.[14] The next day, he hit his second home run, a grand slam, off Detroit pitcher Shane Greene with two outs in the top of the ninth inning; Miami went on to defeat Detroit 5–2.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Kraczkowski, Kevin (December 16, 2018). "Garrett Cooper Would Probably Take a Mulligan on 2018: Miami Marlins Review". FanSided. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  2. ^ https://auburntigers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=189
  3. ^ "Late-bloomer Garrett Cooper cleaning up in middle of Sky Sox lineup | Colorado Springs Gazette, News". gazette.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  4. ^ https://www.oanow.com/sports/college/auburn/baseball/auburn-university-baseball-milwaukee-brewers-draft-first-baseman-garrett-cooper/article_462592d8-cfac-11e2-b021-001a4bcf6878.html
  5. ^ "Corbin Burnes, Garrett Cooper excelling in minors for Brewers". jsonline.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  6. ^ "Sky Sox 1B Garrett Cooper makes All-Star team, but could Milwaukee call first? | Colorado Springs Gazette, News". gazette.com. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
  7. ^ "Garrett Cooper Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Yanks trade Webb to Brewers for Garrett Cooper". MLB.com.
  9. ^ "New York Yankees call up former Auburn 1st baseman Garrett Cooper".
  10. ^ "Yankees trade Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to Marlins - River Avenue Blues". 20 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Derek Jeter's First Trade As Marlins CEO Is With Yankees". 20 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Marlins' Garrett Cooper: Makes Opening Day roster". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  13. ^ "Marlins' Garrett Cooper: Reinstated from disabled list".
  14. ^ a b Associated Press (May 22, 2019). "Marlins rally for 5th straight win, 6-3 over Tigers". ESPN. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  15. ^ Associated Press (May 23, 2019). "Cooper hits slam in 9th, Marlins top Tigers, 6th win in row". ESPN. Retrieved May 24, 2019.

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