Schadenfreude wrote: Relentless88 wrote:
I'm not sure if he's an MLB player, but I'de like to give him a shot. A high obp% type guy would be not such a bad thing with our current group of sluggers.
Does Cooper have legit OBP skills or was his high OBP as a result of his high batting average?
Also, I recall Cooper being beyond awful defensively at 1B in his September stint last year.
He's a patient hitter, but it's a somewhat limited skill if pitchers can just fire fastballs, as they did during his first time up.
In his short stint he managed to OBP .284 (close to Lind's) while struggling. The majority of his hits were for extra bases. He was on pace for 42 doubles and 12 HR over 486 PA.
Lind walked 32 times in 542 AB's. Cooper was on pace to walk 42 times in 486 PA's. I call that "on base skills".
His BABIP at the MLB level was .228, which infers he didn't even get on base as much as he should have, especially considering that his BABIP in the minors was above .357 in all but two of his minor league levels/seasons.
Cooper projects to be a high on base, doubles hitter with decent defense. -4.0 UZR/150 for a player who it was his first time playing on turf is good. (Snider for example was -20 UZR/150 his first time on turf) It's also worth noting that Lind actually is fielding worse than Cooper was last year according to UZR/150.
I'm not arguing the kid is our best hitter in the minors or anything crazy like that, but rather in this experimental season, it might make sense to trade Lind/platoon him and give Cooper a shot, just to see if hes worth keeping before we trade him.
Leading AAA in batting average means he can at least contend with .300. He was better than a lot of players in an extremely large sample size.