Cardinals AFL Interview Series: Zack Cox

The St. Louis Cardinals' 2010 first-round draft pick speaks from the Arizona Fall League.

Most St. Louis Cardinals fans probably know the basics of the story of former Arkansas third baseman Zack Cox. Taken by the organization in the first round of the June 2010 draft, the 21-year-old could either sign or return to school for his junior season. On the evening of the August 16 deadline, the player considered the top hitter in the draft and club came to terms on a major league contract worth a total of $3.2 million.

After a trip to St. Louis, where his signing was announced, Cox headed to the Gulf Coast League for a brief introduction of just four games. A month later, the left-handed hitter reported to the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League to make his extended professional debut.

While in Arizona, Cox and shortstop Pete Kozma have received individualized training sessions with Cardinals field coordinator Mark DeJohn as captured below.

Cox' AFL hitting coach Derrick May is among those favorably impressed with his new student.

"Great makeup, great work ethic," Springfield's regular-season hitting coach remarked. "He is always the first one here. He is hitting early, he is fielding, he is doing whatever it takes. He is a guy who understands the opportunity that he has and he is not taking it for granted. Here is a guy who has a major league contract. He is not sitting on his laurels. He wants to live up to that. He is here. It shows."

While May acknowledged Cox suffered through a slow start to his AFL season, going just 1-for-17 initially, the coach wasn't all that surprised or concerned.

"The thing is with him is that he didn't have a chance to play," May said. "I think he just had 15 or 16 at-bats (in the Gulf Coast League). That is tough to make that jump and coming here, you're going to face a whole lot of advanced pitchers. Double-A pitchers, Triple-A pitchers, you've even got some guys with a little bit of big league experience.

"It is tough adjustment and slowly it is starting to come around. He is putting together good at-bats and that is what you like to see," May said.

In the following exclusive audio clip, Cox briefly discusses his still-short professional career.


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Other interviews in this series
Brian Broderick
Ramon Delgado
Jordan Swagerty
Blake King

Coming soon
Adron Chambers
Tony Cruz
Pete Kozma
Derrick May

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