Full name DAVID FLETCHER COOPER...Wife, Tamara... Was a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American, batting .359 with a team leading 19HR (T4th most in school history) & 55 RBI in 56 games at the University of California in his junior season of 2008... Was a semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy, USA Baseball's Golden Spikes Award & the Wallace Award...Was also named second-team All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers and Rivals.com and third-team All-America by Collegiate Baseball magazine...Was a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection at Cal in 2007-08...Transferred from Cal State Fullerton after the 2006 season, where as a freshman he was a member of the College World Series All-Tournament team, flirting with a College World Series record with seven consecutive hits, tying Indians manager Terry Francona (1980) and one short of Dave Magadan (1983) and Barry Bonds (1984)...Cooper led all players at the 2006 World Series with a .533 average (8-for-15) with five RBI...Graduated from Tokay High School in Lodi, CA...Was a Baseball America and Louisville Slugger All-American, and an all-state honoree as a senior...Competed in the Sony All-American Game in 2005 and was a member of USA Junior National Team in 2004.
Reported to spring training with continued soreness from the August 2012 upper back injury that ended his season...Was deemed unable to play in spring training on February 17 and was released by Toronto on March 13 and later underwent a thoracoscopic microdiscectomy of the T-7 and T-8 vertebrae on April 3...Dr. Curtis Dickman performed the surgery in Phoenix, inserting a titanium plate and two titanium screws while fusing the vertebrae during the four-hour procedure...Was signed by Cleveland to a Minor League free agent contract on August 13 and appeared 6 games with the rookie league club in Goodyear before being activated from the DL at Columbus on August 23...Appeared in 7 games before asking for his release on August 31...Re-signed by Cleveland to a Major League deal on December 9.
In his second season appeared in 45 games with Toronto, making 35 starts, including 26 at 1B and nine at DH...After his first recall batted .364 in his first 12 contests with three doubles and two home runs...Following that batted .143
over his next 12 before being optioned to Las Vegas... Was recalled again on July 30 and proceded to hit .307 with eight
doubles and two home runs in 21 contests before being disabled with upper back soreness on August 26... Did not play
after that date...Finished August batting .329 with 10 of his 23 hits going for extra bases (8-2B/2HR)... His 10 XBH ranked 7th in the AL for
the month of August at the time of his injury...Posted two three-hit contests and now has four career... Had a career high three RBI at CWS on June 5... Once again vs.
CWS collected a walk-off single in the 11th inning in 3-2 victory...Handles left-handed pitching well, batting .294 and over his two seasons in the majors has hit .292 vs. lefties... From the
7th inning on, batted .391 with four doubles and three home runs...With Las Vegas, played in 68 contests, batting .314 with 27 doubbles, 10 home runs and 52 RBI... Finsihed 7th in RBI on
the club despite appearing in only 68 games...Hit .329 vs. lefties and .309 vs. righties.
Appeared in 27 games over two separate stints with the Blue Jays this past season... DEBUT: Had his contract purchased on April 29 and made his Major League debut that same day at NYY... Did not record a hit until his 3rd game on May 1 at NYY a single off Ivan Nova in the 2nd inning... Appeared in 13 games prior to being optioned to Las Vegas on May 16... Batted just .121 (4-33) during that time... MAKE IT A BIG ONE: Of his four hits one was go-ahead pinch-hit home run off Daniel Bard in the 8th inning on May 10... Was his first career home run... Also added the walk-off sacrifice fly in the 10th to record the 7-6 victory... HELLO AGAIN: Returned to the club Sept. 7 for the remainder of the season... Appeared in 14 games posting a .289 average (11-38) with six doubles, one home run and seven RBI... Recorded an .851 OPS over this stretch... Sept. 8 and 13 had three hits, both of which came vs. the Red Sox... MINOR STAR: Led the Pacific Coast League in average with a .364 mark, doubles with 51 and OBP at .439... The doubles ranked 2nd and the RBI's was T-10th in all of the minor leagues... Was named to the Pacific Coast League Mid-season and Post-season All-Star squads... BRING THE LEFTY: With the 51s, batted .392 with an OPS of 1.016 vs. left-handed pitchers... In the majors batted .286 vs. the lefties.
Doubled his previous career high in home runs, hitting 20, all coming from May through the end of the season... Hit a grand slam and added five RBI on May 25... Was one of three Fisher Cats to hit 20 or more home runs... With runners in scoring position/2 outs batted .313 with a .967 OPS... Appeared in 128 games at first base.
Spent his first full season at the AA level with New Hampshire of the Eastern League... LEADING THE
WAY: Led the FisherCats with 32 doubles, a figure which also ranked him T-6th in the Eastern League... His .258 average was the highest total on the New Hampshire club and his 184 total bases ranked 3rd on the club... IN THE FIELD: Played in
92 games as a first baseman and 36 as a DH... Made 10 errors in 879 chances for a .989 fielding percentage... AU-GUST
PERFORMANCE: Had his best month in August, batting .284 with nine doubles, four home runs 15 RBI, and 21 walks...
LUCKY SEVENS: Posted two hit streaks over the course of the season of seven games, and recorded seven games of
three hits or greater, including one four-hit contest.
Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1st round of the June Draft (17th overall) out of U of Cal-Berkley... Played on three different Clubs (Auburn-A, Lansing-A & Dunedin-A) in his first professional season... Combined to hit .333 (91-273)
with five home runs & 51 RBI in 69 games between all three levels... Began the season with Auburn of the New York Penn
League (A), hitting .345 (29-85) with 13 extra base hits (10-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR)... Had an 11-game hit streak from June 26-July
6 where he hit .422 (19-45) with 15 RBI over that span... Had a multi-RBI game in six of nine contests from June 26-July 4...
Was promoted to Lansing of the Midwest League (A) on July 9... In 24 contest with Lansing, hit .354 (34-96) with 12 extra
base hits (10-2B & 2-HR)... Began his tenure with Lansing on a 12 game hit streak from July 9-21 where he batted .400
(20-50) with nine RBI... On Aug. 7 was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League (A)... In 24 games
as a Blue Jay, hit .304 (28-92) with one home runs & 13 RBI.