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Garvin, Cone get drafted

Photo by Jason Braverman

Photo by Jason Braverman

While there were many Gwinnett County players targeted as possible selections in the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, this draft class got off to an unexpectedly quick start in Monday's opening rounds.

Two former Gwinnett high school stars currently at Southeastern Conference schools -- University of Georgia outfielder Zach Cone and Vanderbilt pitcher Grayson Garvin -- were originally projected as possible selections in the early rounds of today's second day by several outlets, including Baseball America and MLB.com.

Instead, the former Parkview standout Cone and ex-Wesleyan star Garvin were taken in the first compensatory round Monday.

Cone was selected by the Texas Rangers with the No. 37 overall pick, while Garvin went to the Tampa Bay Rays with the No. 59 overall pick, the second to last pick in Monday's two rounds of selections.

Originally selected with a supplemental third-round pick by the Los Angeles Angels out of high school, Cone had a strong sophomore season in 2010. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound centerfielder had a considerably rougher junior season with the Bulldogs this spring, hitting just .275 with four homers and 35 RBIs.

He was also involved in a freak accident that left teammate Johnathan Taylor partially paralyzed when the two players collided going after a fly ball.

Garvin was the 2008 Daily Post Pitcher of the Year after helping Wesleyan to the Class AA state championship, the first of the Wolves three straight state titles.

The 6-6 left-hander has gone 13-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 89 strikeouts so far this spring at Vanderbilt.

Neither Garvin nor Cone could be reached for comment as of press time.