Marquise Cooper is an outfielder in the Miami Marlins organization. He played for Single-A Jamestown last season and was drafted in the third round of the 2009 MLB First Year Player Draft. He is from Fresno, California. Be sure to give him a follow on Twitter @MarquiseCooper
Niklas: What was your favorite team and player growing Up?
Marquise: Favorite Team was the Oakland A’s and favorite player growing up would have to be Ricky Henderson.
Niklas: Good choice. I’ve heard you’re fast so that makes sense. Who is faster: You or Emilio Bonifacio?
Marquise: (Laughter)Bonifacio is faster, but, I’m coming.
Niklas: How was Jamestown and the team?
Marquise: Jamestown was fun. I had fun with a lot of the guys… the team was great. I was sorry the season had to finish that way, though.
Niklas: What was it like being drafted in the 3rd round right out of high school?
Marquise: It was crazy because I got drafted on my graduation day right before I walked on stage. But, I’m truly blessed and thank God.
Niklas: Sounds like a great day. Do you view yourself as a lead-off hitter?
Marquise: Yes, it was a wonderful day. But, yeah I do (view myself as a lead-off man).
Niklas: What is your approach at stealing a base?
Marquise: Good lead and reading the pitcher until that slight mistake…
Niklas: What do you think of the Marlins stadium?
Marquise: it’s real nice. Can’t wait to play in it!
Niklas: Is there any reason you wear number 9?
Marquise: It’s my lucky number.
Niklas: Cool… nice number. How do you feel about playing center field in the MLB? There are a lot of big hitters in your division and you could be real busy.
Marquise: I like playing center field and I love to get action every chance I get.
Niklas: How do you feel about the moves the Marlins made this offseason and their chances in 2012?
Marquise: I think they made some good moves and it turns out good for the Marlins in 2012
Niklas: What has been your best moment in baseball?
Marquise: I have a lot of good moments in baseball, but, putting in the jersey is something I love to do.
Niklas: That’s a really good thought. How has the minor leagues been as far as the experience so far?
Marquise:: Minors have been good. I get to play in a good stadium… meet some great people…
Niklas: What type of glove do you use and why?
Marquise: I use Rawlings… no reason, it was just the first glove I got.
Niklas: Sweet, that was my first glove too.
Niklas: What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen in the minors so far?
Marquise: (Laughter) Funniest thing so far happened this past year on the road when I was on the bus. We had a joke off and it was hilarious… classic moment!
Niklas: That had to have been funny! Best MLB Stadium…
Marquise: My favorite stadium has to be Angel Stadium because I had a pre-draft workout there and it was really nice!
Niklas: Best MLB Player Ever
Marquise: Hank Aaron
Niklas: Best Marlins Player right now
Marquise: I would say Mike Stanton.
Niklas: Best Game you’ve ever played in
Marquise: Hmmm… I would say early in the year (2011) in Jamestown. I went like 4-5 with a couple of stolen bases and a diving catch.
Niklas: Sounds like your style of play. So who wins the 2012 World Series?
Marquise: Hopefully the Miami Marlins. They got my vote!
Niklas: Favorite Vacation Spot
Niklas: That wraps it up. Thanks so much Marquise and good luck in 2012!
Marquise: No problem and thank you. You take care.