Miami Marlins Trade Edward Mujica to the St. Louis Cardinals for Prospect Zack Cox
The Miami Marlins have traded relief pitcher Edward Mujica to the St. Louis Cardinals, in exchange for third base prospect Zack Cox. Here's a profile for the newest member of the Marlins farm system.
Zack Cox, 3B: Cox was drafted by the Cardinals in the first round in 2010, from the University of Arkansas. A draft-eligible sophomore, he had extra leverage and turned that into a $2,000,000 bonus and a major league contract. Accordingly, the Cardinals have moved him through the system quite quickly, but he has not lived up to expectations, hitting just .254/.294/.421 in 299 at-bats this year for Triple-A Memphis, with only 12 walks.
Cox is a 6-0, 215 pound left-handed hitter and right-handed thrower, born May 9, 1989. Scouts like his swing and respect his pure hitting skills, but his power is unimpressive for a corner player. He's also impatient, and hasn't adapted effectively to Triple-A pitching. He has a good arm, but his range at third base is mediocre and he's error-prone. Scouts still see the potential in him, but he had been passed by other players in the Cardinals system and was now surplus to the needs of the organization.
Cox has yet to live up to his bonus, and it will be interesting to see what the Marlins do with him. Perhaps the change of scenery will help.