Garrett Cooper‘s strong season has been rewarded as he has been promoted to AA Biloxi. While he his name is not mentioned among top Brewers’ prospects, he has quietly put together a solid season in Brevard County and earned his promotion to the next level.
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Though he is coming into the lineup to replace Phillips, Cooper’s bat could be another spark to the already potent Biloxi Shuckers’ lineup. Current first baseman Nick Ramirez has really struggled as of late to provide offense for the Shuckers and while Taylor Green is starting at first base in tonight’s lineup, there is a good chance that the 24-year-old Cooper could work his way into the lineup soon.
Playing in a lineup that at one point had both Victor Roache and Clint Coulter in it, Cooper (a former sixth round pick in 2013) didn’t get a lot of recognition, but that was not because he didn’t put up big numbers. In the pitcher friendly Florida State League, Cooper batted .294 in 119 games while slugging eight home runs and putting together a .792 OPS.
While he had a strong first half of the season, he has been even better as the year has gone on. He batted .342 in July and has batted .316 so far through August. Since the all-star break, Cooper has a .309 batting average with six homers and an .892 OPS in 50 games. He has proven to be one of the strongest bats in the middle of the Manatees’ lineup.
Cooper will join the Shuckers tomorrow where he will have a chance to be part of a special team in that is in the heart of the pennant race. In an organization that lacks big time first base prospects, Cooper will look to see if he can open eyes in the organization and become a player to watch heading into 2016.