Wilcox was the Bulldogs’ No. 2 starter this past season. He was 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA and had 32 strikeouts and only two walks in 23 innings when No. 2 Georgia’s season ended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In two seasons on the mound, Wilcox has posted a 6-2 record with a 3.38 ERA in 23 appearances, including 10 starts. He was named second-team All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball this past season.
“Cole is a talented, hard-working and intelligent player, and it’s been an honor to be able to coach him,” Stricklin said. “All the intangibles are there to be a star in the big leagues.”
Wilcox is the first Georgia player drafted by San Diego since Michael Curry went in the 16th round of the 2018. Jeff Pyburn, Georgia’s highest-ever draft pick went fifth overall to San Diego in 1980.
On Wednesday, the Seattle Mariners selected Georgia pitcher Emerson Hancock with the sixth overall pick. Georgia has a string of 47 consecutive seasons with at least one player signing a professional contract and now 43 consecutive years with a player being drafted. The five-round draft concludes Thursday.