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Brewers draft power first baseman in Cooper

MILWAUKEE -- With their sixth-round pick (No. 182 overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday, the Brewers selected college first baseman Garrett Cooper.

The 6-foot-6, 229-pound Manhattan Beach, Calif., native hit seven home runs and 12 doubles and had 37 RBIs in 56 games as a senior at Auburn in 2013, with a slash line of .354/.481/.540.

"Our scouts just felt really good about this guy's potential," Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid said. "In the sixth round, we felt it was a good value pick. We took [Brewers starter] Hiram Burgos in the sixth round in 2009. More or less the same situation."

Cooper was a Second Team All-SEC selection, finishing second in the SEC in on-base percentage, sixth in slugging percentage and seventh in batting average.

Cooper transferred to Auburn after spending two years at El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif.

He was drafted for the first time on Friday.

"Why he wasn't drafted [in past years]? I can't tell you," Seid said. "It could be signability reasons. Some guys, they do slip through the cracks in the Draft. Maybe he's one of them."

Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for
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