At pick 1,002 in the 33rd round, the Cleveland Indians have selected first baseman Michael Cooper out of Ridge Point High School.
Born: 7/27/99 — Height: 6'5" — Weight: 180 — Bats: Left — Throws: Right
Jeff Ellis: Michael Cooper is a 6’5” first baseman committed to a JUCO, which means there is a chance for him to sign. It is unlikely as one does not see many prep players sign after the first 1000 picks. He is another 17-year-old prep player and while he is a first baseman, he is a good athlete. There is a chance he could play outfield, but the thought would be that his size and frame would make it unlikely for him to stay there. It is easy to see plus power potential with his size and ability. He is a player with exciting potential if the Indians can get him to sign. One has to note with the changes to the rules, a team can now offer 125K to sign a player after the 10th round. I think an extra 25K to offer players might convince more than a few to sign.
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