{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Jays agree to deal with top pick Cooper

Jays agree to terms with Cooper

|
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays wasted little time in getting prospect David Cooper on the books. On Tuesday, Toronto agreed to terms on a contract with its top choice in the First-Year Player Draft.

The Jays nabbed Cooper -- a first baseman out of the University of California-Berkeley -- with the 17th overall pick in Thursday's Draft. Now signed, the 21-year-old prospect is ticketed for Auburn of the New York-Penn League, where his stay could be relatively short.

Considering Cooper's offensive abilities, the Blue Jays believe the left-handed hitter might be able to make the jump from short-season Auburn to high-Class A Dunedin before too long, bypassing Class A Lansing on his journey up the organizational ladder.

"If he progresses for maybe about a month," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said, "if he does well, we'd move him up to Dunedin. But, he's an advanced bat, so hopefully he'll be able to get up there."

This past season with California, Cooper hit at a .359 clip with 19 home runs and 55 RBIs in 56 games for the Golden Bears. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound first baseman added 14 doubles and scored 55 runs, while posting a .449 on-base percentage and a .682 slugging percentage.

Blue Jays' top five selections
Pick
POS
Name
School
17.1BDavid CooperUC Berkeley
63.CFKenneth WilsonSickles HS (Fla.)
95.RHPAndrew LiebelCal St Long Beach
129.3BRobert SobolewskiU of Miami
159.SSTyler PastornickyThe Pendleton School (Fla.)
Complete Blue Jays Draft results >

"I knew they were one of the teams that was interested," Cooper said on Friday, discussing being selected by the Blue Jays. "I knew they were a team that I could fall to, and I'm just very happy that it worked out that way."

Besides Cooper, Toronto agreed to terms on 26 of its other Draft picks on Tuesday. Included in the signees are second-round selection Kenny Wilson -- an athletic high school center fielder out of Florida.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español