Garrett Cooper

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Garrett Nicholas Cooper

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First baseman Garrett Cooper was a 6th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 amateur draft, out of Auburn University. he split his first pro season between the Helena Brewers and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, hitting .283/.350/.467 in 48 games. However, his 2014 season was abbreviated to 67 games, spent among three teams: the AZL Brewers and Wisconsin (both on a rehabilitation assignment) and the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League. With Brevard County, he .238/.330/.341 in 53 games. In 2015, he improved to .294/.356/.436 in 119 games with the Manatees and earned a late-season promotion to the AA Biloxi Shuckers, where he hit .552 in 9 games. In 2016, he played 92 games at Biloxi and 36 in AAA with the Colorado Springs SkySox. In 128 games combined, his batting line was .292/.344/.423, with 9 homers and 69 RBIs.

In 2017, he had an outstanding first half back with Colorado Springs. Taking advantage of the very favorable local hitting environment, he slugged 29 doubles and 17 homers and drove in 82 runs in 75 games, combined with a .366 average. There was no place for him in Milwaukee however, with the team playing very well and already having two first basemen on its roster in Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar. On July 13th, he was traded to the New York Yankees in return for P Tyler Webb. The situation was quite different in his new organization: the Yankees had just promoted AAA first baseman Ji-Man Choi to New York and released veteran Chris Carter; two other first basemen, Greg Bird and Tyler Austin, were on the disabled list, and as a result there was likely to be a lot opportunity for Garrett to prove his mettle if he continued to swing the bat well. Indeed, after sending him to AAA, the Yankees immediately changed their minds and called him up to make his debut as the starting first baseman against the Boston Red Sox on July 14th. He went 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts. After going hitless in second game as well, on July 16th, Cooper got his first big league hit off David Price of the Red Sox, a double off the Green Monster at Fenway Park. He went 6 for 25 (.240) in 8 games before being sent down to AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on August 1st. However, he was called back less than a week later when DH Matt Holliday was placed on the disabled list. On August 9th, he had the first four-hit game of his career in an 11-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, raising his average to .364. On August 17th, he was placed on the disabled list with tendinitis in his left hamstring and did not play again that season, finishing the year at .326 in 13 games.

On November 20, 2017, he was traded to the Miami Marlins along with P Caleb Smith in return for minor leaguer Mike King and international bonus money.

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