FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Sophomore Zack Cox of the No. 15 Arkansas Razorback baseball team was selected with the 25th pick of the 2010 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Cox, who matched Arkansas’ single season hits record in the second inning on Monday night’s NCAA Regional game, becomes the sixth Razorback in school history to be drafted in the first round and is the fourth highest draft pick in school history. His .427 average at the end of Monday’s game is currently the best in school history for a single season.
In two seasons with the Razorbacks, Cox has assembled an impressive resume with a career .355 average, a total that currently ranks No. 6 in school history, 150 hits, 26 doubles, three triples, 22 home runs, 87 RBI, .437 on-base percentage and .511 slugging percentage. His 75 singles this season are also a single season school record.
Cox was the 13th collegiate player drafted in the first round which was full of high school talent and the 15th position player in a draft that has been heavy on pitching.
The selection by the Cardinals of Cox in the first round is the third first-round pick of a Razorback since Arkansas head coach Dave Van Horn took over the program in 2003. Other Razorbacks drafted in the first round include, Kevin McReynolds, 1981, who went No. 6 overall to the San Diego Padres; Jeff King, 1986, the No. 1 overall pick to the Pittsburgh Pirates; David Walling, 1999, the No. 27 pick to the New York Yankees; Nick Schmidt, 2007, No. 23 to the San Diego Padres; and Logan Forsythe, 2008, No. 46 to the San Diego Padres.
The Razorbacks are currently in the seventh inning of their game seven matchup with Washington State in the NCAA Fayetteville Regional. For more information regarding Razorback baseball or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.