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Zack Cox

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Zack Cox
Name: Zackary Kendrick Cox
Born: May 9, 1989 in Louisville, Ky. USA
High School: Pleasure Ridge Park HS, Louisville
College: Arkansas
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 1st round (25th overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 (signed for $2,000,000)
Cox is the best pure hitter and top sophomore-eligible player in the draft. He hit just .266 as a freshman on Arkansas' College World Series team a year ago, but improved as the season went on and adjusted his pull-happy approach when he arrived in the Cape Cod League. He hit .344 with wood bats and ranked as the top position prospect in the summer circuit, setting the stage for a breakout spring in which he was hitting .432/.514/.606 entering regional play. Cox has very good hands, a short, lefty stroke and nice command of the strike zone. He has an uncanny ability to hit the ball with authority to the opposite field. There's some debate as to how much power he'll have in the major leagues, but he has the bat speed to do damage once he adds more loft to his swing. He has plenty of strength, as evidenced by a titanic shot he blasted off the top of a 90-foot-tall scoreboard at the 2009 Southeastern Conference tournament. Six feet and 215 pounds, Cox is a decent athlete with fringy speed and range at third base. Not all scouts are sold on his defensive ability. He does have a strong arm--he threw in the low 90s as a reliever a year ago--and will put in the work to improve his reactions at third base. He also has seen time at second base, and one scout said his actions looked better there, but his athleticism is more suited for the hot corner. Cox turned down an $800,000 offer as a Dodgers 20th-round pick out of high school, and he's in line to make two or three times as much as a top 10 choice this June. A pulled back muscle that kept him out of the Southeastern Conference wasn't expected to affect his draft stock.
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