Kopp Activated Off the Disabled List

Right-hander David Kopp was activated from the disabled list for the short-season Class A Batavia Muckdogs on Tuesday. Kopp had made only one appearance before being sidelined with an ankle injury.

Selected in the second round (71st overall) of the June, 2007 First-Year Player Draft, the six-foot-3, 205 pound right-hander from Clemson University, appeared in only one game for Batavia on June 27 before an ankle injury landed him on the 15 day disabled list.

The 21-year-old picked up the loss in his first professional start despite allowing just one unearned run on two hits while striking out three in two innings.

Tuesday night Kopp made the start for the Batavia Muckdogs pitching two scoreless innings thanks to the pitcher's best friend, a double-play in both innings.

Facing a total of nine batters, Kopp allowed one hit, hit one batter and walked three, to include the first batter he faced, but did not factor into the decision of the 8-4 loss to the Tri-City Valley Cats.

Kopp was the first of two draft picks in the second round, the 71st overall pick, which had been awarded to the St. Louis Cardinals as partial compensation for the Milwaukee Brewers' signing of free-agent Jeff Suppan last winter.

A long reliever and a spot starter for Clemson University, Kopp was an All-ACC Academic team member, with a 6-2 record and 4.32 ERA in 20 appearances (seven starts), in 58.1 innings pitched and had a team-best 1.23 ERA and .222 opponents' batting average in seven ACC regular-season appearances (22.0 innings pitched).

A go-to guy who can pitch under pressure, Kopp caught the attention of the St. Louis Cardinals' scouts and front office when he earned the victory in relief in both the Clemson Regional and Clemson Super Regional championship-clinching wins.

Fresh off his first trip to the disabled list, hopefully Kopp can get his professional career started on the right foot.


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