Baseball | | Dan Teliski, Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations

ERIE, Pa. – Gannon’s Aaron Cox (Dorchester, N.J./Millville) has become the fourth Golden Knight in program history to be taken during the Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft. He was drafted in the 19th round Wednesday afternoon by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Cox is the first Golden Knight drafted since John Boyles was taken by the New York Mets in the 17th round of the 1982 draft. Other Gannon baseball student-athletes to be drafted included Larry Potash (New York Mets, 40th round, 1970) and Richard Corsetto (Philadelphia Phillies, 19th round, 1966 draft).

Steve Grilli, father of current Atlanta Braves closer Jason Grilli, is the lone Golden Knight to play at the Major League level. He played three seasons (1975-77) for the Detroit Tigers, before spending the 1979 campaign with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Cox is a three-time all-region selection, being named to the Daktronics second team twice and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) honorable-mention squad as a freshman. The 2013 PSAC Western Division Freshman of the Year has earned all-conference honors three times, landing a spot on the first team as a sophomore.

The Dorchester, N.J., native hit .316 with a .624 slugging percentage and .389 on-base percentage in 43 games this season. He owned a 5-5 record on the mound with a 3.74 earned run average.

Cox produced 30 runs, 32 RBIs, nine doubles, four triples, eight home runs, 83 total bases and six stolen bases. He hit .373 (25-67) with runners on base, .415 (22-53) with runners in scoring position and .367 (18-49) with two outs. Cox recorded 11 multiple-hit games and seven multiple-RBI performances. His nine-game hitting streak April 6-17 represented the longest by a Golden Knight this season.

The three-year starter finished the season tied for 13th place on Gannon’s all-time single-season RBI chart. His finished second all-time in single-season home runs, fifth in slugging percentage, sixth in triples and ninth in total bases.

On the mound, Cox struck out 81 hitters in 65 innings this season while tying his freshman total for second-most all-time at Gannon. The figure was behind only his record of 89 set last season. His 2015 pitching resume included five complete games, two shutouts and a no-hitter.

Cox ranked third among PSAC players in strikeouts per nine innings (11.22), fourth in complete games (4) and sixth in WHIP (1.22). At the plate, he ranked fourth in triples per game (0.09), 14th in slugging percentage and 15th in home runs. Cox ended his junior campaign third all-time at Gannon in home runs (15), 12th in RBIs (72), 12th in triples (5).

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