Right-handed pitcher Morgan Cooper is healthy once again after a series of surgeries delayed the start of his professional career. After being drafted back in 2017, Cooper would wait until this season to make his pro debut.
In six innings this season for the High-A Great Lakes Loons, Cooper has fanned five batters, while allowing six hits and seven runs out of the bullpen.
While he’ll be looking for a few improvements moving forward, the righty is happy to be back on the mound for the first time since 2017.
“I’m looking forward to a healthy season,” said Cooper. “It’s really fun being with a team going through the grind again. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been on the field playing games. I didn’t even realize how much I’ve missed it until this season.”
Getting the feel back for his four pitches, Cooper uses a fastball, a slider, a curveball, and a changeup in his repertoire, his goal is to get ahead in counts early so he can use them all.
“I try to get ahead early with the fastball, so I can mix in my other pitches,” explained Cooper. “When I’m able to get ahead, I’ll mix in my secondary pitches to keep the hitters off-balance and guessing what’s coming next.”
And his ability to keep hitters guessing will be put on display throughout the 2021 season as a member of the Great Lakes Loons. Despite just getting to Midland, Michigan, this month, the town has already made an impression on Cooper.
“I haven’t been here long, but it’s a cool little community,” stated Cooper. “A lot of people are excited for baseball to be back in the area, which makes it a lot of fun to come to the ballpark.”
It’s great seeing Morgan Cooper healthy once again doing what he loves.