Zachary John Cone
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 202 lb.
- High School Parkview High School
- Born December 14, 1989
Outfielder Zach Cone was a first-round pick in 2011.
Cone hit .426 as a high school junior then .425 with a .510 OBP and 17 steals as a senior; he was 6-0 as a pitcher that year. The Los Angeles Angels took him in the third round of the 2008 amateur draft (112th overall); the selection was compensation for failing to sign Matt Harvey the prior year. He was LA's third pick, following Tyler Chatwood and Ryan Chaffee. Like Harvey, he did not sign with the Angels.
As a freshman at Georgia, he hit .323/.382/.548. His sophomore season, he improved to .363/.403/.627 with 53 RBI in 53 games. He fielded .991 and led the Southeastern Conference with nine outfield assists. On the bases, he pilfered 13 bases without getting caught. On February 20, he hit for the cycle against Duke. He led the SEC with 7 triples as well. He slumped to .187/.315/.227 for the Cotuit Kettleers in the Cape Cod League and made 3 errors after one for Georgia. He stole 7 bases in 8 tries but had nothing further than a double in 75 at-bats.
As a junior, Cone hit only .275/.331/.385. He stole 13 bases in 16 attempts and played error-free ball in the outfield. He was still taken by the Texas Rangers 37th overall in the 2011 amateur draft, a sandwich pick which was compensation for the loss of Cliff Lee to free agency. Zach was Texas's second pick, following Kevin Matthews (also compensation for Lee). He was signed by scout Ryan Coe for a $873,000 bonus.
Cone was assigned to the Spokane Indians. He hit .281/.343/.453 with 12 runs and 13 RBI in his first 15 games; he was 5-for-5 in steal attempts and had an uncharacteristic two errors afield.
- Georgia bio
- 2010 Cape Cod League
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