Hancock Wilcox

First Round Awaits For Georgia Fireballers Hancock, Wilcox

Not many people in the world can throw a baseball 100 mph.

But righthander Cole Wilcox can.

The first time he did it was last year as a freshman, when he came out of the Georgia Bulldogs bullpen, striking out three South Carolina batters in 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Later, when the Bulldogs were on the bus celebrating their 8-7 road win, one of Wilcox’s teammates gave him an update from Twitter, telling him that one of his pitches had been clocked at the magical 100.

“It was pretty cool, but I think my teammates were more excited than I was,” Wilcox said. “(Still), I realize it’s a kind of milestone.”

Wilcox, a 6-5, 230-pound draft-eligible sophomore who is projected to get selected among the top 20 picks on June 10, went 3-0, 1.57 with 32 strikeouts and just two walks in four sizzling starts this year, totaling 23 innings.

But as good as Wilcox is, he’s just one of two Bulldogs pitchers expected to get drafted in the first round. Emerson Hancock, a 6-4, 215-pound junior righthander, is projected to be a top-six pick. …


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