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Cox off to a slow start in the AFL

Cardinals first round draft pick Zack Cox is hitting .167 through six games and 24 at bats with the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

He got off to a bad start with an 0-for-5 debut that included four strikeouts. Overall he has 11 strikeouts and two walks to contribute to a .231 on-base percentage. He has collected three doubled and four RBIs so far.

Cox played third base in college. But the six-foot-tall, 215-pound lefty is thought to be a candidate to move to second base as he climbs the ladder toward the majors. How that will pan out is yet to be determined. Cox has been serving time as a designated hitter in Arizona.

Assigned to the Carolina League after signing with St. Louis, Cox hit .400 in 15 at bats before the end of the season.

Cardinals minor league catcher Tony Cruz, playing mostly first base in Arizona because Surprise has several catchers on its roster, is coming on strong after a slow start.

He's hitting .235 but has five hits in his last 13 at bats, including a pair of homers and six RBIs.

Cruz climbed the ladder from Class A Palm Beach where he hit .282 in 46 games to Class AA Springfield where he hit .289 in 40 contests before finishing the year at Class AAA Memphis with a .214 mark in only four games.