Continues to work on comand of secondary pitches... Veteran who can contribute out of the bullpen.
Wayne Graham said -- "Daniel had some innings in the bullpen last year. At 100 percent he has enough arm and enough pitching knowledge to help us."
2006: Completed first season with six appearances out of the bullpen... Made his NCAA Division I debut against national power Cal. State Fullerton... Held all opponents to a composite .227 batting average... Faced 27 hitters in 8.1 total innings... Fired a season-best 2.2 frames in a one-run win over Conference USA foe UAB... Struck out two in 2.0 innings against Texas A&MCorpus Christi... Worked 1.1 innings on the road against a talented Oklahoma squad that went on to reach the NCAA super regional.
Played one season (2005) at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California... Earned second team all-Orange Empire Conference honors as a pitcher... Compiled a 7-2 record with two saves and a 2.47 ERA in 54.2 innings of work... Tied for second in the league in wins and was eighth with 18 appearances... Started three games... Fanned 52 hitters for an average of 8.7 per nine innings, the fourth-best mark in the conference... Strikeouts-to-walks ratio was 2.5-to-1... Played for conference coach of the year John Altobelli, a former Southwest Conference player at Houston in the 1980s.
2004 graduate of Costa Mesa High School in Costa Mesa, Calif... Three-year starter and letterman for the Mustangs under coach Doug Deats... Second team all-league honoree... Multi-sport athlete who was a one-year starter and two year letterman for the undefeated football team... Maintained a 3.83 grade point average on a 4.0 scale... Member of the Honor Roll for eight semesters... Member of Mensa and the Key Club.
Full Name: Daniel William Cooper. Born: Nov. 6, 1986 in Newport Beach, Calif. Parents: John and Barbara Cooper, Costa Mesa (one brother). Major: managerial studies/sports management. College: Baker.