The Marlins outrighted third baseman Zack Cox to Double-A Jacksonville Wednesday, according to The Palm Beach Post. Cox was designated for assignment Sunday.
What's going on with Zack Cox? He's coming off one bad season in the minors and it seems his major-league hopes are quickly fading. If you recall, Cox was considered the best pure hitter in the 2010 MLB draft, according to Baseball America, and the first-round pick didn't disappoint by hitting .306 in his first full season in 2011. Unfortunately, Cox hit .254 in 108 games during an injury-plagued 2012 campaign and was shipped to Miami for a middle reliever, which took some of the shine off his burgeoning prospects. But Cox admitted he rushed back too soon from two separate injuries (concussion, hamstring) last season, and he tried to become more of a power hitter, which contributed to his offensive struggles, according to the Sun-Sentinel. Cox added he's returned to the form that made him successful in college and in his first pro season. Obviously, the Marlins hope they can sneak Cox through waivers and they might. But I don't think his story is done. Cox might never have elite power for a corner infielder, which hurts his long-term Fantasy appeal, but if he gets back to being a solid contact hitter and improves on his defense, then I don't see why he can't hold some keeper value in very deep formats.
The Marlins made a flurry of roster moves Sunday, designating third baseman Zack Cox, outfielder Gorkys Hernandez and pitchers Scott Maine and Evan Reed for assignment. All of the players were competing for spots on the opening day roster during the spring.
The Marlins began trimming their roster for the first time this spring and shuffled 11 players Friday. Relief pitcher Scott Maine was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans, while relief pitcher Arquimedes Caminero and third baseman Zack Cox were optioned to Double-A Jacksonville. Pitchers Michael Brady, Adam Conley, Brian Flynn, Raudel Lazo, shortstop Danny Black, third baseman Derek Dietrich and outfielder Kevin Mattison were all reassigned to Miami's minor-league camp.