Garrett Cooper

Garrett Cooper

33-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Chicago Cubs
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Cooper appeared in a career-high 123 games last season between Miami and San Diego. He spent time on the injured list with an ear infection but was able to stay mostly healthy in 2023 -- something he has struggled with throughout his career. For the season, he hit .324/.375/.529 against left-handed pitching compared to just .228/.281/.384 against righties. His splits are not as pronounced for his career, but at 33 years old, Cooper may be best suited for short-side platoon duty between first base and designated hitter. A surprise All-Star with the Marlins in 2022, Cooper saw his strikeout rate jump to 28.9 percent last season while his walk rate dipped for the second straight year. Now in camp with the Cubs as a non-roster invitee to spring training, Cooper will look to secure a role with a strong showing in the Cactus League. He has enough in his bat to be passable in fantasy, but only when he's seeing regular playing time. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#589
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February of 2024.
Has big night Tuesday
1BChicago Cubs
April 2, 2024
Cooper went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a triple, a three-run home run and an additional run in Tuesday's 12-2 win over the Rockies.
ANALYSIS
Cooper finished a single shy of a cycle but it was a huge offensive performance nonetheless. The extra-base hits were his first three of the season, and the veteran now has an absurd 1.806 OPS, albeit in a very small sample size. Cooper is slotted behind Michael Busch right now at first base, though the former could push for more playing time if he stays hot.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
#6
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#9
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+100%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+36%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .772 218 18 6 32 0 .276 .330 .442
Since 2022vs Right .739 723 63 21 82 0 .252 .321 .418
2024vs Left .800 5 1 0 0 0 .200 .200 .600
2024vs Right 1.600 10 1 1 3 0 .500 .600 1.000
2023vs Left .904 112 12 5 21 0 .324 .375 .529
2023vs Right .666 345 30 12 40 0 .228 .281 .384
2022vs Left .624 101 5 1 11 0 .228 .287 .337
2022vs Right .788 368 32 8 39 0 .270 .351 .438
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+484%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .766 480 46 15 66 0 .264 .321 .445
Since 2022Away .727 461 35 12 48 0 .252 .325 .402
2024Home 3.050 5 2 1 3 0 .750 .800 2.250
2024Away .522 10 0 0 0 0 .222 .300 .222
2023Home .799 229 24 9 36 0 .283 .332 .467
2023Away .648 228 18 8 25 0 .219 .276 .371
2022Home .692 246 20 5 27 0 .236 .301 .391
2022Away .820 223 17 4 23 0 .289 .377 .443
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Stat Review
How does Garrett Cooper compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.33
 
BB Rate
13.3%
 
K Rate
40.0%
 
BABIP
.667
 
ISO
.462
 
AVG
.385
 
OBP
.467
 
SLG
.846
 
OPS
1.313
 
wOBA
.543
 
Exit Velocity
95.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
71.4%
 
Barrels/PA
13.3%
 
Expected BA
.322
 
Expected SLG
.732
 
Sprint Speed
 
Ground Ball %
28.6%
 
Line Drive %
28.6%
 
Fly Ball %
42.9%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Backup option for Red Sox
1BFree Agent
January 28, 2024
The Red Sox could be interested in Cooper to serve as depth in their outfield, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
ANALYSIS
Boston is a finalist to sign Adam Duvall to add to its depth in the outfield, though the Angels are also reportedly in the running. If Duvall lands elsewhere, the Red Sox could pivot to Cooper, who has maintained a 120 wRC+ across 471 plate appearances against left-handed pitching. That would make him a solid fit in a short-side platoon role and balance an otherwise lefty-heavy outfield in Boston.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Cooper received a career-high 469 plate appearances last season, and the results were more or less what you'd expect: an above-average overall performance at the plate, but not one to write home about. Cooper hit .261/.337/.415 and managed a modest nine homers, though accounting for the league-wide drop in offense as well as the tough hitting environment in Miami gives him a respectable 115 wRC+. His underlying numbers also represented more of the same. His 25.4 K% was above-average but not particularly worrisome, especially as he hit the ball hard (10.7% barrel rate) when he did make contact. It all adds up to a perfectly capable hitter, but not one who's going to excite fantasy players. While playing time should be there now that Jesus Aguilar is gone, it's unlikely another level is coming in Cooper's age-32 season. He also has durability concerns, lowering the floor for a player who's otherwise far more interesting for his floor than his ceiling.
Garrett Cooper typically boasted the raw power metrics, evidenced by the career 9.2% barrel rate and 114 mph maximum exit velocity (92nd-percentile). In 2021, Cooper battled groin, foot, oblique, and back issues, and his season ended with elbow surgery for a partial UCL tear in late July that could delay his start to the 2022 season. Last season, Cooper finished with nine home runs, 30 runs, 33 RBI, and one steal, plus a triple slash of .284/.380/465. Throughout his career as a righty, Cooper showed he isn't a platoon risk with a .852 OPS against lefties and .788 OPS against righties. However, the Marlins tend to platoon him with other options at first base and outfield. Given the elbow surgery and platoon concerns, Cooper is as a bench bat or waiver wire watch list player in deeper leagues.
The Marlins were one of the surprises of the 2020 season, and Cooper certainly did his part in a limited role. While he came to the plate just 133 times, due in part to his battle with COVID-19, he hit six homers while slashing .283/.353/.500. He posted a career-low 23.3 K% and a career-high 90.1 mph average exit velocity, leading to a .304 xBA that suggested he could have finished with even better numbers. Already heading into his age-30 season, Cooper has played barely more than one full season (168 games) at the highest level, but he's shown that he's a solid big-league hitter, hitting 21 homers with a .281/.344/.449 slash line. He owns an identical 113 wRC+ against both lefties and righties. That's far from an exciting mark, especially at first base, but it's enough to be at least fairly confident in him as a late-round fantasy option as long as he stays healthy.
Cooper's second season in Miami was bookended by injuries; he missed most of April and the beginning of May with calf and wrist injuries while a knee issue kept him sidelined for the final two-plus weeks of the season. When healthy, Cooper was one of the Marlins' best hitters, finishing second on the team in average (.281), OPS (.791) and wRC+ (111) across 421 plate appearances. Cooper's underlying numbers support his offensive success, though he could stand to improve his plate discipline (7.8 BB%, 26.1 K%). Miami may shield him against some lefties in 2020 after he posted a .641 OPS against southpaws in 2019 (117 PA) -- compared to his .849 mark against righties (304 PA) -- though as long as he's able to stay healthy, which is no given considering he's spent time on the shelf in each of the past three seasons, Cooper should see plenty of opportunities in the heart of the order for the rebuilding Marlins.
The Yankees shipped Cooper to the Marlins last offseason, increasing his chances for playing time, albeit it in a far less friendly venue. He broke camp with the Fish, playing mostly against southpaws before taking a Kyle Hendricks offering to his right wrist less than a week into the campaign. Originally diagnosed as a bruise, it was later discovered Cooper suffered a partial tendon sheath tear, sidelining him until early July. Two weeks after his return, Cooper was back on the shelf with inflammation in the same wrist. After aggravating the wrist during rehab, Cooper underwent season-ending surgery. With the Marlins restocking their outfield with younger, more athletic players, Cooper's best path for playing time is at first base where he'll battle Peter O'Brien, another right-handed hitter with a similar career history. Even if he wins the regular job, Cooper profiles as an NL-only option, with middling power and no speed.
Cooper had been a largely unheralded prospect in the Brewers' organization, but he made people take note in 2017 by hitting .366/.428/.652 with 17 home runs and 82 RBI in just 75 games while playing in the hitter-friendly confines at Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Yankees were impressed enough to trade for the 27-year-old and immediately give him his first look at major-league action, with the first baseman hitting a respectable .326 in a limited sample. An offseason trade sent him to Miami, and though the Marlins have Justin Bour firmly entrenched at first base, Cooper could earn consideration for a backup role with a strong showing in the spring.
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Added to roster
1BChicago Cubs
March 28, 2024
The Cubs selected Cooper's contract from Triple-A Iowa on Thursday.
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Makes Opening Day roster
1BChicago Cubs
March 22, 2024
The Cubs informed Cooper on Friday that he made the team's Opening Day roster, Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports.
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Should see action Monday
1BChicago Cubs
March 3, 2024
Cooper is expected to see his first game action of the spring Monday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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Joins Cubs on minor-league deal
1BChicago Cubs
February 25, 2024
Cooper agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs on Sunday, Craig Mish of the Miami Herald reports.
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Lifts homer in win
1BSan Diego Padres
September 27, 2023
Cooper went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Wednesday's 5-2 extra-inning win over the Giants.
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