In the mid-to-late rounds of the MLB draft there are always tons of picks who’re related to players, coaches, managers, and front officer staffers, but here’s a little twist on that.
In the 19th round the Angels just picked Gannon University pitcher/infielder Aaron Cox, who happens to be the brother of Angels center fielder and reigning MVP Mike Trout’s girlfriend.
This season Cox started 10 games with a 3.74 ERA and 81/15 K/BB ratio in 65 innings and hit .316 with eight homers and a 1.013 OPS in 43 games as a position player.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart exited today’s game and had to be helped off the field with what looked like a potentially serious knee injury.
Cozart’s left knee twisted when he stepped on first base trying to beat out an infield single and he went down immediately while grabbing his leg in obvious pain.
It’s particularly sad news because Cozart was in the midst of a career-year, hitting .259 with nine homers and a .772 OPS in 52 games to top his career OPS coming into the season by 126 points.
Cincinnati could turn to Kristopher Negron at shortstop if the injury is relatively minor, but if Cozart is out for an extended period of time 23-year-old Eugenio Suarez could get the call-up from Triple-A.
Brendan Ryan is off the disabled list and back on the Yankees’ active roster after missing the first two-plus months of the season with a strained calf muscle.
Ryan remains an excellent defensive infielder and could potentially steal some playing time from struggling shortstop Didi Gregorius, but he’s hit .167, .197, and .194 in the past three seasons and hasn’t topped a .650 OPS since 2009.
Gregorius has hit .260 versus righties compared to .181 versus lefties, so manager Joe Girardi could form a quasi-platoon platoon at shortstop.