UT Martin pitcher Taylor Cox became the highest Major League Baseball draft pick in school history when the San Diego Padres snagged the junior left-handed pitcher in the 16th round (477th overall).
Cox was just the second left-handed pitcher selected by the Padres in the 2014 draft and was the ninth Ohio Valley Conference player (sixth pitcher) selected.
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.
According to the Jackson Son, Cox will forego his senior season. He’s will report Sunday to Arizona for a physical and expects to negotiate a contract in the following days as he prepares to start pro baseball.
With Cox’s selection, the Skyhawk baseball program has now produced a MLB draft pick in four straight years.