Andrew Cox is an American professional baseball center fielder with the California Splashes of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Chicago Pros selected Cox in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft. He came up in the Pros’ minor league system as a shortstop before transitioning to the catcher and being traded to the Splashes before the 2015 season. Cox is a five-time MLB All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a Silver Slugger Award winner.
Jones was born in London, United Kingdom on September 13, 1990, the son of Andrea, who raised Jones and his older brother alone until he was five. While growing up in Southeast London, Cox excelled at both football and basketball and did not pick up a baseball bat until he was twelve. In 2002 his stepfather, Kenneth, took him to a Knights’ game after which he started to gain an interest in the sport. He picked up the sport very quickly and went on to star on his high school team. Cox graduated from University of Arizona in 2010 after leading his university team as both a pitcher and a shortstop. During his senior season he batted .406, hit four home runs and batted in 27 runs. On the mound, Cox posted a record of three wins and three losses, while posting a 2.71 ERA.
Andrew Cox played for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. In the opening round of group play, Cox helped the USA advance to the second round by recording a walk-off hit vs. Dominican Republic. In the second round, in a game against the Colombia, Cox made a home-run-saving catch that helped propel Team USA into the semifinals. The team went on to win the 2017 Classic against Argentina. Cox was later quoted as saying, “To do it with those guys, it was probably the best experience of my life so far, especially with sports,” and was extremely glad to have had the experience.