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Analysis: Zack Cox to the Cardinals

On the evening of the first round of the 2010 MLB draft, MLB draft bloggers Jason A. Churchill and Keith Law will provide pick-by-pick analysis in the first round.

Before diving into the analysis, here are some key resources related to the 2010 MLB draft:

And now, analysis of Zack Cox going No. 25 to the St. Louis Cardinals:

Churchill: Money demands pushed Cox down the board, but this could be a great pick for the Cards. He's just 20 -- won't be 21 until the fall -- and projects a plus hit tool and at least medium power. There are rumors that some clubs may try Cox at second base, but with his thick lower half and lack of ideal athleticism, he's a better fit at third.

Cox, as a sophomore-eligible, has some leverage, but the Cardinals are calling his bluff. If he stays and re-enters next June, he may fall out of the first round in a much better class.

Law: I don't see Cox's leverage as that great -- he'll be 22 in a much stronger draft class and even with his talent will be hard-pressed to actually exceed his 2010 performance.