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Former PCC Pitcher Copping Signs With Seattle Mariners
Cameron Copping, a top pitcher for the Pasadena City College baseball team in 2009-2010, signed a minor league, free agent contract with the Seattle Mariners Thursday. Copping led the Lancers in innings pitched and strikeouts during his two Lancers' seasons, earning a scholarship to the University of Buffalo (N.Y.).
At Buffalo, Copping emerged as the Bulls' ace in his senior collegiate season, breaking a 35-year-old school record for innings pitched in a season (98) and leading the team with a 6-4 pitching record and 3.86 ERA. The right-handing throwing Copping recently graduated from Buffalo after receiving All-Mid-American Conference Second Team honors.
At PCC, as a freshman in 2009, Copping's 4.60 ERA topped the team. His 113 strikeouts over two years is the second most by a Lancer since 1990.
The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Copping attended and pitched at Arroyo High (El Monte) before moving on to PCC. Copping played for current PCC Head Coach Evan O'Meara and follows O'Meara-coached players Raul Barron (2006, Toronto Blue Jays organization) and Jose Barajas (2007, Baltimore Orioles organization) as players who went on to sign professional contracts.
"Cameron came to us with a lot of potential," O'Meara said of the former Lancer. "He worked through some growing pains in pitching in the difficult South Coast Conference. It prepared him for the next step. He made a smart decision in attending Buffalo and he's developed himself into the the type of pitcher that has a shot to move up the professional chain. The PCC family is very happy for Cam."
The last PCC player to play Major League Baseball was Brandon Kintzler (2003 alumnus), who pitched briefly as a relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2010-2011. Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson, who broke the color barrier in MLB in 1947 for the Brooklyn Dodgers, and 400-home run hitter Darrell Evans (Atlanta, Detroit) are the two most famous of a long list of PCC players who advanced to the big leagues.
Copping is expected to join Short-Season A ball with the Everett (Wash.) AquaSox, a Seattle minor league club.
[Photo--Cameron Copping in action in a 2010 PCC game.]
Release Date: 06/30/12