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Rangers pick Georgia OF 37th overall

6/6/2011

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With the 37th pick overall, the Rangers selected 6-foot-2 OF Zach Cone from the University of Georgia.

Cone hit .275 in 2011 for the Bulldogs with four home runs and 12 doubles. He led Georgia in steals with 13 out of 16 attempts.

Cone won Georgia's triple crown in 2010, hitting .363 with 10 home runs and 53 RBIs.

He was a third-round pick, 112 overall, by the Angels in the 2008 draft.

Cone was the Rangers' second pick in the first day of the draft after they selected LHP Kevin Matthews in the first round, 33rd overall.

Here's the ESPN.com scouting report on Cone:

Cone looks as good in the uniform as any college position player in this year's draft but the tools have never translated into on-field performance. He has bat speed and upper-body strength, but doesn't keep his head steady and has long had trouble recognizing off-speed stuff. He's an above-average runner who should be fine in left or right field in pro ball but needs to work on his reads. His spring was also affected after he collided with another Georgia outfielder, Jonathan Taylor, who was left partially paralyzed by the accident.