Cox in AAA at New Orleans

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Miami Marlins' top farm team opened last Thursday

By Bobby Brockman


Zack Cox starts his fifth full season in professional baseball at the Class AAA level in the Miami Marlins organization for the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Cox grew up in Campbellsville and played varsity baseball at CHS and Taylor County before earning Mr. Baseball honors and a state title at Louisville’s Pleasure Ridge Park in 2008.
This is not Cox’s first time in AAA as played in two games at New Orleans last season and was at AAA in Memphis with the St. Louis Cardinals’ farm team in 2012.
He spent much of last season at Class AA Jacksonville in the Southern League after being traded by the Cardinals to the Marlins at the Major League Baseball trading deadline on July 31, 2012.
Cox signed out of the University of Arkansas after his sophomore season in 2010 after being the 25th pick in the first round by the Cardinals. He had 17 plate appearances and went 6-15 (.400) for the Cardinals’ Gulf Coast League team at Jupiter.

Zephyr Field in Metairie has dimensions of 330 feet down the left- and right-field lines, 380 to left and right center and 400 to straightaway center.
The Zephyrs, who play in the American Southern Division of the 16-team Pacific Coast League, come to Nashville twice this summer and play the Sounds at Greer Stadium.
The first trip in is the last three days of this month and the first day of May (Monday-Thursday, April 28-May 1). Those are 8:05 (ET) starts except the Tuesday, April 29 game is at 12:05. New Orleans also plays in the Music City on Thursday-Sunday,  June 26-29 (first pitch for first two nights is at 8:05 and the last two starts are at 7:35).
Also, in New Orleans’ and Nashville’s division are the Memphis Redbirds and the Round Rock (Tex.) Express. The Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Iowa Cubs, the Oklahoma City RedHawks and the Omaha Storm Chasers are in the American Northern Division while the Pacific Northern has the Fresno Grizzlies, the Reno Aces, the Sacramento River Cats and the Tacoma Rainiers and the Pacific Southern consists of the Albuquerque Isotopes, the El Paso Chihuahuas, the Las Vegas 51s and the Salt Lake Bees.

Zack Cox, wearing No. 22, went 1-2 in the opener at home vs. Colorado Springs on Thursday night as he entered the game at third base when the starter was switched to second base when that hitter went 0-3 with three strike-outs and stranded six runners.

Zack Cox’s career Minor League statistics are:
Team (class)    games    average
Jupiter (Rookie)    4     .400    2011
Palm Beach (A)    42     .335
Springfield (AA)    93     .293
Memphis (AAA)    84     .254
Jacksonville (AA)    24     .253
Jacksonville (AA)    86     .269
New Orleans (AAA)    2     .000
New Orleans (AAA)    1     .500
Career    336     .281

Zack Cox, who is not on the Miami Marlins’ 40-man roster, is in the last season of his original contract (2010 with the Cardinals). Cox, more than likely, will be a free agent at the end of this season.