University of Houston shortstop and 39th round pick Cooper Coldiron will be in the lineup for the Larks when they return home on Saturday.
BISMARCK, ND – There is a new Lark in town whose name got called on the day where aspiring baseball player’s dreams come true.
Cooper Coldiron (University of Houston), the new addition to the Larks roster, got his name called on day three of the MLB Draft as the reigning World Series Champion Chicago Cubs selected the infielder in the 39th round.
The Kilgore, TX native played 15 games for the Coogs in 2017 gathering 13 hits in 56 at-bats. Head Coach at the University of Houston Todd Whitting showcased his confidence in Coldiron by inserting him into the lineup late into the season as the team made a postseason run. Coldiron went 2-5 with an RBI in his first start of the season in a 15-3 win over Tulane.
Prior to his arrival at Houston Coldiron played under Dusty Hart at Grayson Community College in his home state of Texas. During his 2015 season at Grayson, Coldiron posted an impressive .370 BA and a .437 OBP to go along with 47 RBI and eight doubles.
The success at the collegiate level mixed with the upside of Coldiron was more than enough for the Cubs to call his name in the 39th round on June 14th. However, Coldiron has decided to forgo his opportunity to start his professional career to return to the University of Houston next season and ultimately play for the Bismarck Larks this summer.
The birds of Bismarck are adding to the plethora of talent they have on their roster as Coldiron will be in the lineup on Saturday against the Duluth Huskies. Coldiron will showcase his highly touted talent in front of a sold out crowd at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark, Home of Dakota Community Bank and Trust Field.
If fans did not get a chance to purchase tickets for the Larks first home game since June 8th, they can watch the first ever live broadcasted game of the Larks on KFYR-TV.
As always, Larks fans get tickets at larkstickets.com for all future home games.
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The Bismarck Larks are apart of the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 170 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play