Former Auburn first baseman Garrett Cooper called up by Yankees


Former Auburn first baseman Garrett Cooper is on his way to the big leagues.

One day after receiving him in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers, the New York Yankees called up Cooper prior to its four-game series at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

Cooper hit .366 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI in 75 games for the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs Sky Sox. His .366 average was good for second in all of Minor League Baseball.

In two seasons at Auburn, the Manhattan Beach, California native hit .340 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI in 105 games for the Tigers. Cooper is the 50th former Auburn player to make it to the big leagues.

First base has been a troublesome spot for the Yankees this season, as they rank second to last in the Majors with a .620 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). Cooper will have a shot to win the first base job with the trade deadline looming at the end of the month.

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