ARLINGTON, Texas -- UTA senior catcher Brady Cox has been picked in the 36th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, going No. 1,080 overall, it was announced on Wednesday evening.
Cox, a product of Fort Worth, Texas, concludes a strong showing for the Mavs in the 2017 MLB Draft, with three UTA stars selected, including ninth-round pick Austin Gardner and 21st round selection Jakob Hernandez. One of the most durable performers in UTA history, Cox is the 61st player in program annals to be picked in the MLB Draft, with the Mavs owning a selection in each of the last nine seasons.
A former star at Arlington Heights High School, Cox finished his decorated career in 2017, playing in 54 games, to run his career total to 184. Cox hit .285 (186-for-652) in his career with 27 doubles, one triple, three homers and 86 RBI, owning a .396 on-base percentage.
In 2016, Cox had a first-team All-Sun Belt Conference season as UTA's durable, everyday backstop, making 55 of UTA's 58 starts behind the plate. He hit .365 to rank third in the league in average, reaching base safely in 51 of his starts and owning a .3379 average in conference action.
COX CAREER BIO
Appeared in 54 of UTA's 55 games, hitting .229 (49-for-214) with 33 runs, 10 doubles and 16 RBI ... Sported a .324 on-base percentage, owning 27 walks and 32 strikeouts and was hit by five pitches ... Made 36 starts at third base, 16 behind the plate and one at first base ... Batted .200 (25-for-125) in conference play with five doubles and 11 RBI ... Hit .234 in home games, .234 in away games, .239 in day games and .218 on night games ... In games UTA won, batted .301 with eight doubles and 12 RBI and hit .149 in games lost ... Had six two-out RBI ... Had 14 multi-hit games and three multi-RBI games ... Ran up a nine-game hitting streak and stretched a reached base streak to 12 games ... Collected first hit of the year as a pinch-hit chance vs. SEMO ... Went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk in a win at Stephen F. Austin ... Had one of two three-hit games vs. Louisiana Tech also going 3-for-5 at ULM ... Had 12 two-hit games ... Scored a season-high three runs in wins over No. 20 Louisiana and at Arkansas State ... Drew four two-walk games.
Had a prolific season behind the plate as a junior ... Was a semifinalist on the Johnny Bench Award, given to the nation's top catcher ... Led the team in average (.365), hits (81) and on-base percentage (.427) ... Ranks third in the Sun Belt in average, fourth in on-base percentage, third in hits and fifth in runners picked off ... Reached base safely in 51 of his 57 starts ... Was 81-for-222 at the plate, with 35 runs, collecting 12 doubles, one triple and two homers, driving in 41 runs ... Had a .455 slugging percentage ... Drew 23 walks, was hit by four pitches and struck out 27 times ... Stole 2-of-2 bases ... Nabbed 16 runners stealing and picked off four runners ... Committed just one passed ball ... In Sun Belt play, hit .379 (47-for-124) with eight doubles, one triple and 21 RBI ... Caught nine runners stealing in SBC action ... Led the team with a .420 (47-for-112) average with runners on base ... Reached base as the leadoff hitter in 50 percent of his chances (22-of-44) ... Hit .377 (26-for-69) with runners in scoring position ... Had nine two-out RBI ... Had 21 multi-hit and nine multi-RBI games ... Had a season-long 13 game hitting streak and reached base safely a club-high 20 consecutive games ... Started 55 of UTA's 58 games behind the plate ... Hit No. 3 in the lineup a club-high 38 times ... Had a four-hit game vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana ... Went 5-for-6 vs. Georgia State with five RBI, two doubles and a walk.
Hit .252 (36-for-143) with 21 runs, three doubles, one homer and 17 RBI ... Sported a .294 slugging and a .337 on-base percentage, owning 18 walks and 26 strikeouts ... Stole three bases, hung a sacrifice fly and laid down three sac bunts ... Started 41 games and played in 47, with 33 behind the plate ... Hit .287 in Sun Belt Conference play ... Had nine multi-hit and four multi-RBI games ... Had a stretch of seven consecutive games reaching base safely ... Had a four-hit game vs. Troy in the first game of a twinbill ... Drove in four runs vs. South Alabama ... Played summer baseball with the Liberal Bee Jays in the Jayhawk League ... Earned first-team honors in the Jayhawk League and 2015 NBC All-America accolades.
Batted .274 (20-for-73) with 14 runs, two doubles and 12 RBI ... Started 21 games and played in 25 ... Had four walks and six strikeouts, getting plunked by six pitches ... Had a .301 slugging and a .361 on-base percentage ... Laid down a pair of sacrifice bunts ... Hit .400 with two outs ... Had a pair of three-hit games.
Earned a pair of letters at Arlington Heights High School ... Hit .427 with 32 hits, seven doubles, four triples and two homers as a senior ... Named District 7-4A MVP ... Voted to the North Texas High School Baseball Coaches All-Star Team in 2013 ... Hit .419 as a junior ... Named the 2012 District 6-4A Offensive Player of the Year ... Earned Director of Athletics Scholar accolades in 2012 ... Led team in 2011 to a Co-District, Bi-District and Area Champion.
Son of Mike and Dana Cox ... Is majoring in kinesiology ... Has a brother, Colby (25).