Wichita Wingnuts Alumni Report: Zack Cox

Wichita Wingnuts Alumni Report: Zack Cox

Cox only spent one season in a Wingnuts uniform, but made an instant impact. Joining Wichita for the 2016 campaign, the former first-round draft pick claimed the starting third baseman job on opening day and never relinquished it, playing in 96 games and serving as a consistent threat near the top of the Wingnuts order. The left-handed hitter finished the year with a solid .290 average, smacking 12 home runs and driving in 64 runs. Cox finished the year among the American Association leaders in several offensive categories, ranking in the top five in hits (122), extra base hits (43), doubles (30) and runs scored (77).

That strong 2016 season earned the attention of the Detroit Tigers, who signed Cox to a minor league contract in December of last year and assigned him to Double-A Erie. The Louisville, Kentucky native spent 85 games with with the Sea Wolves and continued to produce good numbers, churning out a .281 average with three home runs and  33 RBI. The third and final round-tripper of his season came against the Altoona Curve, seen below:

Cox starred at the University of Arkansas from 2009-10, setting a Razorback freshman record with 13 home runs and then following it up with a mind-blowing .429 batting average as a sophomore. He was selected with the 25th overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010, and quickly rose to Triple-A Memphis, reaching their highest minor league affiliate in 2012. Later that year, he was traded to the Miami Marlins for reliever Edward Mujica. Cox then spent the next three-plus seasons in the Miami system, splitting time between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans. In 2015, his final season with the Marlins, Cox hit .304 in 119 games between those two levels.