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South Carolina INF Marcus Mooney to Braves, Gene Cone to Mets

South Carolina shortstop Marcus Mooney takes batting practice
South Carolina shortstop Marcus Mooney takes batting practice online@thestate.com

South Carolina infielder Marcus Mooney won’t be leaving the south to find a professional home, while Gene Cone will join a rival organization.

Mooney was drafted in the 10th round of the MLB Draft, with the No. 289 overall pick, Friday by the Atlanta Braves. The slot value for where he was taken is $160,500. Cone went soon after to the New York Mets at 310, in line for the same slot value.

The brother of Gamecock infielder Peter Mooney and former Florida infielder Michael Mooney, Marcus Mooney started 148 games in his South Carolina career after coming over from junior college. As a senior, he hit .310 with 10 doubles.

Cone was one of the Gamecocks’ brightest stars in 2016, hitting .370 with four home runs,13 doubles and a .479 on-base percentage. That included a 31-game hitting streak.

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