Became a Cardinal
Selected in the first round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, 25th overall. Signed to a major league contract for a reported total of $3,200,000 guaranteed over four years on August 16, 2010. That includes a signing bonus of $2,000,000. Cox became the first Cardinals draftee to receive a Major League contract since J.D. Drew in 1999. Traded to Miami for Edward Mujica on July 31, 2012.
After his late May promotion from high-A, he finished his Double-A debut with a .293 average, 10 home runs and 48 RBI in 352 at-bats. The third baseman improved in his biggest question area, defense. After 10 errors in his first 27 Texas League contests, Cox committed 10 in his final 66 games.
The Cardinals took a calculated risk by sending their 2010 first-round pick to the Arizona Fall League after just a handful of Gulf Coast League at-bats. The 21-year-old started very slowly, but improved as he went along, with a .324 average and a .993 OPS over his last ten games. Overall, his 14 RBI in 18 games tied for 22nd in the AFL.
The draft-eligible sophomore led the Southeastern Conference with his school-record .429 batting average. He opened the 2010 season with a 24-game hitting streak and followed that streak with a hit in 14 consecutive games.
Cox also set Arkansas' single-season record with 102 hits. In addition to leading the SEC with a school-record .429 batting average, he was second in on-base percentage (.505), third in hits (102), fourth in runs scored (67), eighth in slugging percentage (.609) and tied for tenth in total bases (145). Cox finished the 2010 season with nine home runs, 14 doubles and career-high 48 RBI.
Cox was previously selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 20th round of the 2008 draft. Was named Kentucky’s ‘Mr. Baseball’ while in high school.
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect 2012: #5
Cardinals organization Player of the Month: August 2011
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Top Prospect 2011: #2
Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Showcase 2010
ABCA/Rawlings Division I All-America second team: 2010
NCBWA Division I All-America second team: 2010
Yahoo! Sports All-America Team: 2010
Ping!Baseball All-America second team: 2010