University mourns loss of former Gannon Knight baseball player

Former Los Angeles Angels minor league pitcher and Gannon Knight baseball record-setter Aaron Cox died Wednesday at age 24.

Cox, the brother-in-law of Angels standout Mike Trout, had retired from baseball on Aug. 6.

A cause of death was not given.

Cox’s death was made known Wednesday in a statement by Trout, Trout’s wife and Cox’s sister, Jessica Trout, and their families.

“Early this morning our families lost a phenomenal human being,” the families’ statement read. “Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law. He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him.”

Cox’s death also was acknowledged in a statement released by the Angels.

“The Angels Organization is saddened to hear of the passing of Aaron Cox, a member of the Angels family since 2015,” the statement read. “We are deeply heartbroken and shocked by this tragic loss. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family and friends. Aaron will always have a special place in the hearts of those within the organization.”

Cox pitched for parts of three minor league seasons for the Angels after being selected in the 19th round of the 2015 draft.

Most recently he played for Inland Empire in the Class A California League, where he was 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA and two saves. In 15.1 innings pitched, he allowed 14 hits and seven walks while striking out 21 over 11 appearances before retiring on Aug. 6.

For his career, Cox compiled a 7-3 record with a 3.64 ERA and 12 saves in 101.1 innings pitched.

Cox joined Gannon’s baseball team in 2012 and became the Knights’ all-time leader in strikeouts before joining the Angels in 2015. He also ranks second in victories and ERA. In his final season as a junior Cox moved to second on Gannon’s all-time list in home runs (15), 12th in RBIs (72) and 12th in triples (5). At the plate or on the mound, Cox left a legacy.

Cox’s younger brother, Kyle, played four years of baseball at Gannon before graduating earlier this year.

In response to Cox’s death Gannon released a statement saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with his brother Kyle and his family as well as with Aaron’s friends, especially his coaches and teammates both at Gannon and in the Anaheim organization.”