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Coldiron drafted, says he'll return to Cougars

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Cooper Coldiron is very aware that he’s been blessed, and that baseball has taken him to some pretty special moments in his life.

The former Kilgore High School multi-sport standout, now a shortstop for the University of Houston’s baseball team, was honored on Wednesday to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Coldiron was chosen by the Chicago Cubs, who won last year’s World Series, in the 39th round, the 1,185th overall pick.

But Coldiron told the News Herald Wednesday night that most likely, pro baseball will have to wait.

“Staying in school for my senior year to get my degree,” Coldiron said, in a message to sports editor Mitch Lucas, “then we will see what the baseball world has in store for me after a full season of playing.”

Coldiron has until July 15, just as the other draftees do, to make a decision, although it sounds as if he’s already made it. The junior had an abbreviated season at UH this year after a class he had taken at Grayson College didn’t transfer, and caused him to briefly be ineligible.

Eventually, things were worked out, and the former Bulldog was able to suit up for the Cougars. He started in 15 games for the Cougars, including their NCAA regional they hosted that also featured Baylor, Iowa and Texas A&M.

In Cooper’s first start at UH against Tulane, back on May 12, he was very Cooper-esque, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and scored twice.

He batted .245 with 6 RBI and two doubles. He walked eight times and laid down six sacrifice bunts. He was also 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

Coldiron helped the Cougars win the American Athletic Conference.

Coldiron became the 31st player from the UH program drafted since the arrival of current head coach Todd Whitting seven seasons ago.

Cooper is majoring in psychology.

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