Copa Signs Minor League Contract With Angels
July 11, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - Former Minuteman first baseman, Peter Copa, who graduated from UMass this spring, signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim late last week. Copa will begin his professional career in the Rookie-level Arizona League as a member of the Arizona League Angels.
Copa is the second Minuteman to sign a professional contract this summer. Fellow UMass infielder Matt Gedman was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft with the 21st pick of the 45th round, 1,372nd overall. It marks the first time since 1995 that multiple UMass position players have joined the professional ranks in the same year. With Copa's signing, he becomes the 38th player of head coach Mike Stone's 24-year tenure at UMass to ink a pro deal.
Copa, who played in the 37th Annual NEIBA All-Star Game this June, finished his time at UMass with the finest season of his collegiate career. He hit a career-best .351 (42-for-151) in 2011, good for second on the squad, while leading the Minutemen in home runs (11) and RBI (42), both career highs, as well. The first baseman was second on the team with 42 runs scored and paced UMass in stolen bases (14-for-16) and walks.
Copa led the Atlantic 10 in both slugging percentage (.649) and on base percentage (.484) this year. His on base percentage also landed him in the UMass record books as the eighth highest on the school's single season list. In addition to his 11 homers, which tied him for ninth all-time in program history for a single season, Copa registered 10 doubles and one triple in 2011.
In A-10 play, Copa appeared in all 24 of the Minutemen's games, starting 23, and led the squad with a .395 batting average (32-for-81), which ranked second in the conference. He also paced UMass in conference action with 25 RBI, 27 runs scored and six home runs.
Over four years with the Minutemen, Copa played in 140 games with 128 starts and hit .319 (149-for-467) with 119 runs scored, 106 RBI, 29 doubles, six triples and 24 home runs. His home run total ranks tied for sixth on the UMass career top-10, while he his eighth with a career slugging percentage of .561.