Waterloo, IA – The Waterloo Bucks have announced that pitcher Zach Cooper will return to play for the Bucks in 2010. Currently, Cooper is a sophomore at Central Michigan University and is the eighth player to sign with the Bucks for the summer.
Last season for Waterloo, Cooper appeared in 26 games with a 2-2 record and a 5.14 ERA. Cooper placed third for the team-lead in strikeouts with 39 while walking just 15 in 28 innings and held opposing batters to a .220 average. The right-hander led the Bucks in saves with five.
Waterloo Manager Jason Nell is eager to see Cooper in the bullpen for the Bucks this summer.
“Zach will be called upon in the later part of the game in critical situations to get guys out – period,” said Nell. “We will put him in tough spots, but given his past experience, I think he will be up for the challenge. The ability to run the ball up there a bit, and have excellent control of his secondary pitches, will make him very valuable late in the game. Has the stuff where it is difficult as a hitter to square the ball up.”
During his freshman year for the Chippewas, the 5′11″, 190-pound hurler worked primarily in relief, with a 4.55 ERA. Cooper held his opponents scoreless in nine of 16 appearances.
Originally from Hartland, Michigan, Cooper was named 2008 Louisville Slugger All-American, as well as 2008 All-State selection while pitching for Hartland High School. He also was a three-time All Conference and All District honoree.
The Bucks will open the 2010 season at home on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:35 pm versus Wisconsin Rapids. Season tickets and single-game tickets are currently on sale. Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks in the off-season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.