COX SELECTED IN 16TH ROUND BY SAN DIEGO PADRES IN 2014 MLB DRAFT
June 7, 2014
MARTIN, Tenn. – History was made this afternoon as Taylor Cox became the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in University of Tennessee at Martin history when the San Diego Padres snagged the junior left-handed pitcher in the 16th round (477th overall).
With today’s selection, the Skyhawk baseball program has now produced a MLB draft pick in four straight years. Other selections include Trey Karlen (2011, 33rd round, Washington Nationals), Alec Mills (2012, 22nd round, Kansas City Royals) and Dan Tobik (2013, 39th round, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim).
Cox was just the second left-handed pitcher selected by the Padres in the 2014 draft and was the 10th Ohio Valley Conference player (sixth pitcher) selected.
A 6-3, 210-pound Bartlett, Tenn. native, Cox made 49 appearances (25 starts) in his three-year UT Martin career. He struck out 98 batters over 138.1 career innings pitched. He also made appearances at first base, designated hitter and right field over the past two seasons, hitting .314 with a .407 on-base percentage and .464 slugging percentage in 163 plate appearances.
In his first season as a Friday night starter, Cox posted six starts where he allowed three earned runs or less in 2014. He posted one of his best career starts in the season opener at UAB, tossing seven innings with one unearned run allowed on six hits and no walks. He made a team-high 13 starts as a sophomore and tied for the second-most appearances on the team (23) out of the bullpen in 2012.