2010 Draft Report: Meet Zack Cox

The Cardinals first round pick Zack Cox was a very smart pick. I thought that Cox would have been picked earlier than 25.  Zack stands at 6’1 weighing in at 215lbs. He bats left and throws right.
Here is his scouting report:
Scouting Report

Hitting ability: Cox has a great, compact swing with excellent bat speed. He makes solid, consistent contact and uses the whole field. He will be a plus hitter in the future.

Power: He should have at least average power. There’s some leverage in his swing.

Running speed: His speed is a touch below average but it’s a little better once he gets underway.

Base running: It’s not a big part of his game, but he’s a heady, smart player who makes good decisions on the basepaths.

Arm strength: He has a plus arm, with an easy motion and plenty of carry from third or first. He doubles as a relief pitcher.

Fielding: Recently moved to second base, he looks better there than he did at third. He sees the field better from second and seems to have adjusted to turning the double play well.

Range: He’s got average range, at best, but it might be enough for him to be an adequate second baseman.

Physical Description: He’s solid, strong and compact, kind of like a young Ken Caminiti.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: Plus hitting skills, at least average power, a plus throwing arm.

Weaknesses: It’s a little unclear what position he’ll play, though second base looks like a better bet than at third.

Summary: A Draft prospect two years ago, Cox is back as a Draft-eligible sophomore. His best tool is his bat and he should hit for plenty of average with at least decent power. His plus arm plays just fine at third, but his overall defense at the hot corner likely won’t work at the next level. Arkansas has been mixing him in at second and that might prove to be a better spot for the left-handed hitter. Regardless of the position, the bat should be enough to get him off the board sooner rather than later.

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