Athens, GA - University of Georgia junior outfielder Zach Cone along with junior pitchers Michael Palazzone and Cecil Tanner have been ranked among the Top 100 college prospects for the 2011 MLB draft by Baseball America.
Cone is rated the No. 40th best college prospect for this June’s draft with Palazzone ranked No. 80 and Tanner No. 95 in the nation.
Cone captured the “Triple Crown” for the Bulldogs last season, leading the team in batting average (.363), home runs (10) and RBI (53). A 6-2, 202-pound native of Stone Mountain, Ga., he was a third round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels in the 2008 MLB draft after his final year at Parkview High School.
Palazzone, a 6-2, 197-pound right-hander from Marietta, has been drafted twice in his career. He was an 18th round pick of the Atlanta Braves following his prep career at Lassiter in 2008. Last year, he went 4-6 in 13 starts for the Bulldogs and was a draft-eligible sophomore. He was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round and opted to return to UGA. A 6-6, 255-pound right-hander from Waycross, Tanner went 1-2 last year in 27 relief appearances. He was a 36th round pick by the Atlanta Braves after his senior year at Ware County in 2008.
Georgia resumes preparations for the 2011 season on Sunday, Jan. 30. The 2011 season begins on Feb. 18 with a three-game series against Stetson in DeLand, Fla.
Georgia’s home opener will be on Feb. 23 against Furman followed by a three-game series with Baylor from Feb. 25-27.