Cooper Still On Track

For David Cooper this year has been one of ups and downs. From hitting his first major league home run to being sent back down to the minors, Cooper remains positive that he is still on the right track to be a major league ball player and with his first experience now fueling him, he may be able to make his dreams a reality.

David Cooper was drafted 17th overall by the Blue Jays organization in 2008 and since then he has been a steady player. He has never had a season where he hit for an average under .257 while at the minor league level and hit 20 home runs in Double-A New Hampshire last season. This production did not go unnoticed and on April 29th he made his major league debut against the New York Yankees.

"I think it was something that I will always remember back to and it was really special," Cooper said.

Unfortunately for Cooper he was not able to get the same production out of his bat that he had at every other level. In 33 at-bats Cooper only had four hits and a batting average of .121, prompting him being sent back down the Las Vegas 51's. Cooper has stayed positive about the whole experience, however.

"Even though I didn't have the success, I think hopefully, if I get another opportunity, I will have a better idea of what I need to do at that level," he said.

It was not only bad times for Cooper in Toronto though. During his time with the team he hit a home run against the division rival Boston Red Sox.

"It was great, especially at that point of the game. It was the bottom of the eighth in a tie game so it made it even better, especially since we went on to win," said Cooper.

Later in the same game he hit a sacrifice fly that brought in the game winning run. "I couldn't have asked for anything more," he added.

Cooper also realized that he was able to use his time with the Blue Jays as a learning experience.

"You can learn a lot just by watching the guys who have been there for a while and know what they are doing. You learn a lot about how to prepare yourself and the work that needs to be done at that level."

With his newfound preparation he has been on a tear for the 51's this season. He has had the highest batting average on the team, hitting .394. If he keeps up this pace he will finish this season with the highest average he has ever had.

"I think the success has started to come, and hopefully it's something I can keep doing," said Cooper. "I have a long way to go [though], I mean as good as a start as I am off too it can turn bad pretty quickly."

Cooper has been able to accomplish this by having realistic expectations of how to improve on his hitting.

"I'm a big video guy, I go back to watching what I am doing when things are going well," said Cooper, and when he gets into a hitting slump he uses his video techniques to make small changes to his hitting. "I don't think you need to worry about changing a bunch of things, you just need to get back to what you were doing when you were having success."

For the young players that one day want to have success in baseball, Cooper gives the advice that he lives by in order to try and bring himself success.

"Just keep working, you never know where life is going to take you. In this game, things change in a hurry just go out there. Work hard and hopefully you will get a chance."


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nDavid Cooper was drafted 17th overall by the Blue Jays organization in 2008 and since then he has been a steady player. He has never had a season where he hit for an average under .257 while at the minor league level and hit 20 home runs in Double-A New Hampshire last season. This production did not go unnoticed and on April 29th he made his major league debut against the New York Yankees.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think it was something that I will always remember back to and it was really special,\" Cooper said.
\r\n
\r\nUnfortunately for Cooper he was not able to get the same production out of his bat that he had at every other level. In 33 at-bats Cooper only had four hits and a batting average of .121, prompting him being sent back down the Las Vegas 51's. Cooper has stayed positive about the whole experience, however.
\r\n
\r\n\"Even though I didn't have the success, I think hopefully, if I get another opportunity, I will have a better idea of what I need to do at that level,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\nIt was not only bad times for Cooper in Toronto though. During his time with the team he hit a home run against the division rival Boston Red Sox.
\r\n
\r\n\"It was great, especially at that point of the game. It was the bottom of the eighth in a tie game so it made it even better, especially since we went on to win,\" said Cooper.
\r\n
\r\nLater in the same game he hit a sacrifice fly that brought in the game winning run. \"I couldn't have asked for anything more,\" he added.
\r\n
\r\nCooper also realized that he was able to use his time with the Blue Jays as a learning experience.
\r\n
\r\n\"You can learn a lot just by watching the guys who have been there for a while and know what they are doing. You learn a lot about how to prepare yourself and the work that needs to be done at that level.\"
\r\n
\r\nWith his newfound preparation he has been on a tear for the 51's this season. He has had the highest batting average on the team, hitting .394. If he keeps up this pace he will finish this season with the highest average he has ever had.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think the success has started to come, and hopefully it's something I can keep doing,\" said Cooper. \"I have a long way to go [though], I mean as good as a start as I am off too it can turn bad pretty quickly.\"
\r\n
\r\nCooper has been able to accomplish this by having realistic expectations of how to improve on his hitting.
\r\n
\r\n\"I'm a big video guy, I go back to watching what I am doing when things are going well,\" said Cooper, and when he gets into a hitting slump he uses his video techniques to make small changes to his hitting. \"I don't think you need to worry about changing a bunch of things, you just need to get back to what you were doing when you were having success.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor the young players that one day want to have success in baseball, Cooper gives the advice that he lives by in order to try and bring himself success.
\r\n
\r\n\"Just keep working, you never know where life is going to take you. In this game, things change in a hurry just go out there. Work hard and hopefully you will get a chance.\"
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