Canisius College redshirt seniors Chris Cox (St. George, Ontario) and Shane Davis (Belmont, Ontario) were drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Cox was selected in the 39th round (No. 1189 pick overall) and Davis was taken in the 42nd round (No. 1279 overall). Davis and Cox give Canisius three selections in the MLB draft in the last two days and are the seventh and eighth players associated with the program to be drafted in the last four years.
Cox made 41 appearances in his career with Canisius, appearing as a starter and out of the bullpen. As a senior, Cox made nine appearances out of the bullpen and was 1-1 with two saves and a 0.69 ERA. Cox had 14 strikeouts in those 13 innings and finished third in Canisius history in strikeouts per nine innings. As a starter in 2010, Cox went 4-1 in seven MAAC starts and threw a complete game against Fairfield on May 1, 2010.
Davis made 56 starts as a Golden Griffin, going 35-12 and setting the program record for wins during his second season. His 35 victories ranked second among active pitchers nationally this season. In the Canisius record books, Davis ranked fourth in career ERA and first in walks per nine innings. As a senior, Davis went 5-6 with a 3.23 ERA, the second-lowest earned run average in his four-year career. The 6-foot lefty was a two-time First-Team All-MAAC Selection, earned MAAC Pitcher and MAAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and earned All-American honors after his freshman season when Davis went 12-1 with a 2.42 ERA.
Senior Sean Jamieson was drafted on Tuesday, in the 17th round by the Oakland Athletics. Steve McQuail was selected as a junior by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round in 2010. Kevin Mahoney (23rd round, New York Yankees) and Kevin Mailloux (45th round, Seattle Mariners) were taken in the 2009 MLB Draft. Incoming freshman Benson Merritt (42nd round, Cincinnati Reds) and Nathan Linseman (45th round, Detroit Tigers) were taken in 2008 with Linseman just ending his redshirt sophomore season at Canisius.
Cox and Davis are the first pitchers enrolled at Canisius to be drafted since Joe Mamott was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the sixth round of the 1994 MLB Draft.