Cox, a sophomore third baseman for Arkansas, has gotten red-hot during the Razorbacks’ 11-game winning streak. Cox has a 12-game hitting streak, and he has registered multiple hits in nine straight games to raise his overall line to .444/.538/.616 with six home runs and 42 RBIs.
Cox was a high-profile freshman a year ago, and he played a huge part in Arkansas’ run to the College World Series, but he was hampered by a back injury at the start of the season, and it took him a while to dig out of his early hole. He finished with a .271 batting average and 58 strikeouts in 181 at-bats, and he was determined to improve his approach as a sophomore. He’s done exactly that; this year he has 28 walks in just 17 strikeouts in 151 at-bats. He hasn’t put up huge power numbers, but he has become a much better all-around hitter, and his raw power is tremendous.
“If people want to see his power, all they have to do is watch him take batting practice,” Arkansas coach Dave Van Horn said. “We control our hitters when they do their rounds—they take some to the opposite field and some up the middle, then the third round is a free round, and it’s made us a better team. People are pitching him away. I can’t tell you how many hits he’s got to the opposite field. He’s just got a great approach at the plate right now.”
Cox, a lefthanded hitter, is destroying lefthanded pitching to the tune of .467/.554/.622, and Van Horn said many of his hits against lefties have gone to the opposite field, demonstrating his maturity. And he’s not just padding his numbers against soft pitching; on the contrary, Cox is hitting .531/.600/.844 with two homers and 16 RBIs on Fridays, according to collegesplits.com. Read More…