Cardinals Prospect Interview: David Kopp

Currently with the Memphis Redbirds, right-hander David Kopp discusses his injury past and his strong 2010 with Double-A Springfield.

Since having been selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the second round of the 2007 draft from Clemson, David Kopp has been one of the most intriguing arms in the system.

His only significant downside is a major one – the inability to remain active for an entire summer. Each of his first three professional seasons ended prematurely due to shoulder ailments, for which the 24-year-old right-hander had addressed surgically on multiple occasions.

Healthy and productive in 2010, Kopp had a strong introduction to Double-A. Despite his worst outing of the season in his last Springfield appearance on June 17, five earned runs in four innings, Kopp ended his 13-start stint there with an 8-1 record and a 3.08 ERA. That was good enough for a berth on the Texas League All-Star team.

With a number of variables in play with regard to the rotations in St. Louis and Memphis, Kopp was summoned to Memphis on Monday. He has yet to make his Triple-A debut and it remains unclear how long he will remain with the Redbirds.

In between his final two starts for Springfield and prior to his promotion, I spoke at length with Kopp about his many rehabs and of course, his pitching.


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