There were a lot of prep pitchers selected in the 2009 draft, and one of the ones that got away was 17th rounder Jordan Cooper, who went on to play at the University of Kentucky.  After two somewhat disappointing years in the Kentucky rotation, Cooper was drafted again by the Pirates, this time as a draft eligible Sophomore.  He was selected in the 23rd round this time of the 2011 draft, and even though he was draft eligible as a sophomore, he ended up signing fairly quickly.

Cooper didn't have the best start to his pro career.  In his first pro appearance, he allowed five earned runs on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings.  He rebounded the next two times out, combining for one earned run on eight hits in seven innings, with a 7:1 K/BB ratio.  However, the next time around he allo...

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