Cooper is a 26-year-old right handed hitting first baseman who was never much of a prospect, but has an impressive .366/.428/.652 line in 75 games in Triple-A this season. For now, he’ll remain in the minors, but this gives the Yankees insurance in the event that Greg Bird returns and Ji-Man Choi doesn’t clear waivers, or if Bird doesn’t return and Choi struggles.
It should be noted that he played his home games in Colorado Springs this year which which has an elevation of over 6,000 feet which would certainly help his numbers. As expected, his home/away splits have been drastic — he’s hit .442/.503/.829 at home and .300/.359/.500 on the road.
Going to Milwaukee in the trade was left handed pitcher Tyler Webb. Webb is also 26-years-old and has put up impressive numbers in Triple-A this year — in 33.1 innings, he has a 3.24 ERA, a 12.7 K/9 and a 0.8 BB/9. He’s made seven appearances for the Yankees in the majors where he has been a bit underwhelming with a 4.50 ERA, a 7.5 K/9 and a 6.0 BB/9 in what is an extremely small sample size.
Rob’s thoughts: Giving up Webb for Cooper is not a huge move, but it does make sense for the Yankees. Webb isn’t much of a lefty specialist which doesn’t distinguish him from Chasen Shreve in a big way, and they can use the depth at first base considering what a disaster the position has been this year and the uncertainty of Bird’s return.