Blue Jays select Cooper with 17th overall pick

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - The TORONTO BLUE JAYS are pleased to announce
that they have selected 6'0" 205 lb., David Cooper, from the University of
California with the 17th overall selection in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player
    COOPER, a left-handed hitting first basemen, was a Louisville Slugger
third-team All-American, batting .359 with a team leading 19 home runs & 55
RBI in 56 games this season. Born February 12, 1987, was a semifinalist for
the Dick Howser Trophy, USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award & the Wallace
Award. 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) & fell one hit short of the record held by Dave Magadan
(1983) & Barry Bonds (1984). Cooper led all players at the 2006 World Series
with a .533 average (8-for-15) including five RBI.

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