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1.25 St. Louis Cardinals - Zack Cox, 3B, Arkansas

The Cardinals selected Zack Cox. Here's his profile:

 

Zack Cox   Position: 3B   School: Arkansas   State: AR   Year: So.   Height: 6’1’’   Weight: 215

Bats: L   Throws: R   Birth Date: 5/9/89   Seiler Rating: 1B2   Last Drafted: 2008 (LAD-20)

 

Year

G

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

CS

BB

SO

AVG

OBP

SLG

2009

56

199

41

53

15

2

13

39

1

2

20

65

.266

.342

.558

2010

53

213

60

92

11

1

8

47

11

1

33

29

.432

.514

.606


Zack Cox is an excellent collegiate third baseman from the University of Arkansas. Cox originally came to Arkansas from Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was a top-level prospect as a senior. However, his lack of elite power and athleticism, along with his signability, dropped him to the twentieth round of the 2008 draft, where the Dodgers attempted to sign him as a potential impact bat. However, they were unsuccessful, and he started for the Razorbacks from day one. Though he struggled at times with the bat as a freshman, he flashed plus power and a power arm, and scouts could see the talent was there. After a great summer on the Cape with a wood bat, he jumped into first round consideration this spring, and he’s rewarded that thought with a breakout offensive performance. Though he has lacked the sort of top-level power that typifies collegiate third baseman at the top of draft classes, his hit tool gets an easy plus grade, and his raw power is still plus, despite the lack of game power. He’s a slightly below-average runner with fringe-average range at third base, but he still has a plus arm that will serve him well if he ever has to move to right field at the next level. He has plenty of tools to be an early first round pick, and should be off the board in the top fifteen picks where his status as an age-eligible sophomore shouldn’t come into play in terms of his signability.