Benjamin Daniel Copeland was originally signed by San Francisco Giants scout Sean O'Connor...graduated from
Bradford (PA) High School...sat out his senior season after dislocating his shoulder in the third game of the season...
also played football in high school...attended the University of Pittsburgh...won the Big East batting title as a
junior in 2005 with a .384 average.2008Spent most of the season at Double-A Connecticut, where he batted .261 with five home runs and 42 RBI in 103
games...was transferred to Triple-A Fresno on August 4 and hit .341 with four RBI in 22 games with the Grizzlies...
added 11 walks for a .417 on-base percentage...combined for a .276 average, five home runs and 46 RBI in 125
games overall...had a career high 13 triples, all with Connecticut, which led the Eastern League and tied for fourth
most in all of minor league baseball...also stole 24 bases, including 21 with the Defenders, which was second on
the club...batted .262 (33 for 126) against left-handed pitching and .281 (93 for 331) against right-handers...his
average improved each month of the season as he hit .173 in April, .250 in May, .302 in June, .313 in July and .319
in August...was batting .249 at the Double-A All-Star Break but then hit .333 after the break with both Connecticut
and Fresno...hit .295 with runners in scoring position but that marked dropped to .213 with RISP and two outs...
batted .214 with nine triples and 12 RBI in 51 games at Connecticut's home ballpark and .313 with four triples and
34 RBI in 74 games in all other ballpark's, including Fresno's...appeared in 79 games in right field, 40 in center field
and 18 in left field...had 14 assists in 122 games overall in the outfield...had eight double plays with Connecticut,
which led EL outfielders...hit in every spot in the order and saw his most action in the first three spots with 38 games
batting third, 37 hitting first and 24 in the two spot...hit .207 in the leadoff spot but had a .322 average and all five
of his home runs when batting third.2006Helped single-A Augusta to winningest mark in minor league baseball with 92-47 ledger in 1st professional season...ranked 4th in South Atlantic League for hits (145), while placing 2nd in circuit for 3Bs (12)...hit .281, while finishing 2nd on club with 90 runs and 3rd with 71 RBI...stole 30 bases, but still finished 4th on GreenJackets...appeared in 6 post season contests for Augusta, going 4-for-24.2005Kicked off professional career with Arizona Rookie League entry before closing campaign with short-season Salem-Keizer...drove in 14 runs over 18 games for ARL Giants before promotion to S-K...in 29 outings for Volcanoes, hit .306 with 25 runs, 5 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 4 HRs and 23 RBI.