Jay Cox went to Colorado in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
June 7, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina outfielder Jay Cox and starting pitcher Robert Woodard were selected on day two of the 2006 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Wednesday, giving the Tar Heels four total selections in this year's event. Cox went in the 22nd round (648th overall) to the Colorado Rockies, while Woodard was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 46th round (1390th overall).
Cox has enjoyed a career season as a junior in Chapel Hill with a .386 average with 13 home runs, 14 doubles and 55 RBI en route to first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors. The Smithfield, N.C., native leads the Tar Heels in slugging (.655) and on-base percentage (.481) and ranks among the ACC's top five in several offensive categories. He hit .615 (8-13) with eight runs scored, four home runs and 11 RBI at last week's NCAA Chapel Hill Regional and was named the event's Most Outstanding Player. Cox is a .349 career hitter and leads all current Tar Heels with 188 hits and 113 RBI.
Woodard is a two-time All-ACC choice and ranks second in career winning percentage with a 22-3 (.880) career record. In 2006, Woodard is 6-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 95.2 innings. The Charlotte native has issued just 19 walks, while striking out 47. In the ultra-competitive ACC, Woodard went 4-1 with a 2.89 ERA in 10 starts. He tossed complete-game wins against top-10 opponents Florida State and Virginia, and was named the league's pitcher of the week after tossing his first career shutout against the Cavaliers.
Cox, Woodard and the Tar Heels open the best-of-three 2006 NCAA Tuscaloosa Super Regional at 7 p.m. Friday on ESPN. In North Carolina, Saturday's game will air live at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, and Sunday's game three is slated for 4 p.m. on ESPN. With a pair of wins against No. 4 national seed Alabama, the Tar Heels will advance to their first College World Series since 1989.