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Padres select P Cole Wilcox with the 80th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft

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Wilcox was a All-Freshman selection in 2018.

Georgia Bulldogs

With the 80th pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres select Cole Wilcox, a pitcher out of Georgia. Wilcox came into the draft as the 23rd-ranked prospect on MLB.com’s top-200.

The 6’5, 232-pound Wilcox starred at Heritage High School in Chickawauga, Georgia before being selected with the 37th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He would honor his commitment to UGA and become an All-Freshman selection for the Dawgs with a 3-2 record and a 4.02 ERA in 19 appearances.

As a sophomore in 2019, Wilcox started four games and finished with a 3-0 record and a ERA of 1.57, good for third-best in school history for a season. He pitched 23 innings and collected 32 strikeouts. He was named a Second-Team All-American after helping the Bulldogs reach as high as No. 2 in the USA Today rankings.

His current career stat line includes 23 appearances on the mound with 10 starts and a career mark of 6-2, including a 3.38 ERA and one complete game in 82.2 innings with 40 walks and 96 strikeouts.