FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Zack Cox and Brett Eibner of the University of Arkansas baseball team were named two of the top 25 college prospects for the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by Baseball America.
In a draft loaded with pitching and catching prospects, Cox, a third baseman/right-handed pitcher and Eibner, an outfielder/right-handed pitcher were ranked No. 8 and No. 19 respectively. Arkansas and Cal St. Fullerton were the only schools to place multiple people on the exclusive 25-man list.
Cox and Eibner have been linked several times this season by several organizations as top prospects. In late August the duo were name the No. 6 and No. 18 prospects in the Cape Cod Summer Baseball League by PGcrosschecker.com and early September saw Cox and Eibner named the No. 2 and No. 11 prospects in the Cape, respectively, by Baseball America.
Cox put together a fantastic summer for the Cotuit Kettleers. After joining the club following Arkansas’ run at the College World Series, Cox batted .344 over 23 games. His average was one of the best in the wood-bat league and his ability to go the other way impressed scouts. Cox was also named the West All-Stars Most Valuable Player in the Cape All-Star Game as he went 2-2 at the plate with two runs scored, a RBI and accounted for all three West All-Star runs.
In his first year with the Razorbacks, Cox set Arkansas’ single-season home run record by a freshman with 13 long balls and hit .266. On the mound, Cox was 5-1 with a 4.82 ERA.
Eibner’s second summer with the Wareham Gatemen saw him hit .240 as an outfielder, first baseman and pitcher. On the mound he was 1-0 with a 2.19 ERA and his power at the plate earned him a spot in the Cape Cod League All-Star Home Run Derby.
Last season Eibner was a vital piece to Arkansas’ College World Series run. He was 5-5 on the mound with a 5.00 ERA and played fantastic defense as Arkansas’ starting center fielder. Of course, what Eibner was best known for was his game-tying bottom of the ninth inning two-run home run against Virginia at the CWS.
The Razorbacks continue their fall workouts in preparation for the 2010 regular season at Baum Stadium. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.