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Righty Cooper taken by Nats in Round 12

Righty Cooper taken by Nats in Round 12

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Righty Cooper taken by Nats in Round 12

The Nationals continued Day 3 of the First-Year Player Draft on Saturday by using their 12th-round pick (No. 376 overall) to select Andrew Cooper, a right-hander from Sierra College in California.

Cooper, a Canadian native, went 13-3 with a 2.65 ERA in California community college play. He led the Big 8 Conference in wins and finished third in the conference with 56 strikeouts. The 21-year-old also was recognized as the Northern California Pitcher of the Year last season.

The 6-foot, 190-pound pitching prospect originally played shortstop at St. Anne High School in Ontario, Canada. He has a low-90s fastball and has reportedly said that he wants to get his professional career started "as soon as possible."

Cooper is the nephew of Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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