Zackary Kendrick Cox
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 215 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
- High School Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Zack Cox was a first-round draft pick in 2010.
Cox hit .449 with 33 homers in high school and was 38-3 with a 1.03 ERA on the hill. He was named All-State as a junior, then Mr. Baseball in Kentucky his senior year. He was named an All-American by several sources. Due to a strong college commitment, he fell to the 20th round of the 2008 amateur draft, when he was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As a freshman in 2009, Zack hit .266/.345/.558 with 13 home runs, the home run total being a record for an Arkansas freshman even though the school has produced Jeff King and Kevin McReynolds. He was 5-1 on the mound with a 4.82 ERA. He was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball. In the 2009 College World Series, he had 3 RBI in the opener, starting all four Arkansas games in the field and also pitched one game.
Cox hit .344 in the 2009 Cape Cod League. The Cotuit Kettleers player was named to the League All-Star team as a utility infielder. Baseball America ranked him the 2nd-best prospect in the circuit after Chris Sale and just ahead of Alex Wimmers. Had he qualified, Cox would have been second in the loop in average.
Through June 8, 2010, Zack was batting .427 and slugging .608 with 11 steals in 12 tries and 64 runs in 57 games. He set the Arkansas single-season record for hits and had the highest average for a season as of that date. He was named All-Southeastern Conference at third base. Despite projections of being a top-10 pick , he was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 25th choice of the 2010 amateur draft, the 4th-highest Razorback to that point, following King (#1), McReynolds (#6) and Nick Schmidt (#23).
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