The Yankees drafted J. Brent Cox in the 2nd round of the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Texas. Succumbing to Tommy John surgery this past season after dominating the Double-A level in 2006, he is rehabbing his way back to the mound and he appears to be on track for a healthy return as soon as the start of the 2008 season.His injury is reportedly not as substantial as most which require TJ surgery, and Cox might therefore come back from the procedure quicker than most.
Spending a full season at AA-Trenton in 2006, Cox dominated the Eastern League at 22 years old. Over 77 relief innings, he posted a 1.75 ERA, allowed 54 hits, struck out 60 and walked 24 batters.
Cox may be joined by fellow TJ rehabber Mark Melancon, who is also looking to make an impact at the major league level in 2008.