The next potential UGA superstar in baseball has arrived on campus.
Freshman pitcher Cole Wilcox turned heads over the weekend when his fastball was clocked at 100 mph in UGA’s 8-7 win over South Carolina.
Hey @DSeifertD1PBR – I finally got a good #HeatSheet Alert for you: here's @BaseballUGA freshman righty Cole Wilcox blowing away Jacob Olson on a 100 mph heater. Sat mostly 98-99 with a couple 88 mph sliders in a 1-2-3 5th, also fanned Luke Berryhill on 99. pic.twitter.com/aHmdlKlIxz
— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) March 16, 2019
Wilcox is a 6-foot-5, 232-pounder from Heritage High School in Ringgold, Ga.
Why isn’t Wilcox already employed by a major-league team? Great question. The big right-hander was considered a top-20 prospect for last year’s draft out of high school. However, he reportedly turned teams off with his asking price of a $3 million signing bonus.
After going undrafted in the first two rounds, Wilcox announced via Twitter he was passing up pro ball for the time being in favor of settling some “unfinished business” with the Georgia Bulldogs.
This season, Wilcox has alternated between a starting pitcher and relief pitcher. He has a 0-0 record in six appearance, with a 7.20 ERA. He has struck out 18 batters in 15 innings.
However, the only number most observers are paying attention is … 100.
Wilcox will be draft-eligible for the 2020 MLB Draft.
UGA’s baseball team is off to a 17-2 start this season, and plays host to LSU in multiple games next weekend.