10/11/2017 - Arizona Senior Fall Classic
Cooper continues to show the makings of a special type player on the diamond. Behind the plate, feet are active as he works in line to his target through a quick transfer / exchange. Pop times showed in the 1.99 with life, accuracy, and on line carry through his target. Glove action is soft / quiet and he tracks balls well through the receiving process. He shows off his athletic abilities through the blocking process in getting down quickly and utilizes his body well. At the plate, he shows an open / athletic setup. Hands are quick (84 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the baseball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. Barrel accuracy is a plus and he makes consistent hard contact. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 76-80 mph. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup, showing a feel for pitch with sinking action. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches, attacking hitters. Stock on the mound will continue to improve as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a great attitude and is very coachable as he works hard to be the best player he can be.
05/27/2017 - College PREP - Salt Lake City, UT
Cooper continues to show as a prospect on the diamond and continues to show progress in his baseball tools. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a well above average runner at 7.18. Behind the plate, pop times have improved as he threw his lowest time to date at 1.92 as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. He will control the running game with his feet / arm. Hands are soft / sure and he sticks balls in the zone. He shows off his athletic abilities through the blocking process as he is a wall, keeping all balls in front. At the plate, he continues to shine and now displays outstanding hitting abilities with well above average power potential. Hands are quick (80 mph exit velocity) and work to and through a level swing path, creating extension. He works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields with gap-to-gap pop. On the mound, arm strength has improved as he threw his top velocity to date at 84 mph. Fastball has a range of 81-84 mph. Breaking ball displays 12/6 shape with early break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup and is a quality pitch. Stock on the mound will continue to improve as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program.
06/17/2016 - USA Baseball 17U Championships
Cooper is an athletic 2-way player who is a very hard worker. He brings his competitive attitude to the field everyday and pushes those around him to get better. Leadership type qualities that you want your catcher to have. He sits in well and presents a low/soft target. Lateral actions are quick, smothering pitches in the dirt off of his chest. As a hitter - Kunz shows quiet/simple actions waiting for a pitch he likes. He battles and the plate and fights deep into the count. Swing is level/repeatable as he connects and drives the middle of the field. Continuing to utilize his lower 1/2 will help to increase power at the plate. On the mound, he has smooth separation and drives downhill in-line toward the plate. FB tops out at 83 mph while showing slight tail. Breaking ball has 12/6 shape as he works to keep it down in the zone. He pounds the zone and challenges hitters to swing the bat, giving his defense a chance. Cooper shows his love for the game every time that he takes the field. He has a bright future ahead of him.
05/28/2016 - College PREP - Salt Lake City, UT
Cooper is a lean C/RHP who has a promising future on the diamond. Behind the plate, hands / feet work well together through a quick / clean transfer exchange as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Pop times showed in the 2.01 range with accuracy / carry on his throws. Receiving / blocking skills show as quality tools that will play well at the next level. At the plate, he shows a solid, athletic setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing. He works to stay inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a solid line drive approach. Power will increase as he works to utilize his lower half more efficiently. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 80-81 mph with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup showing a feel for with sinking action. Off speed stuff show potential as being quality pitches. Control is solid as he throws strikes with all his pitches. Getting on a long toss program will help to increase arm strength which will aid in his development on the mound. With 3 years to further develop, Cooper has potential and will get looks from the collegiate coaches as he continues to progress his game.