South Carolina outfielder Gene Cone has agreed to terms with the Mets and will officially sign his contract Friday in Brooklyn, a South Carolina spokesperson confirmed Thursday night.
According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, Cone’s signing bonus is for $150,000.
The Spring Valley product led USC in hitting this year with a .363 average. He finished with 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 30 RBIs and was named first-team All-SEC.
Cone could one day play locally for the Columbia Fireflies, the Mets’ Class A affiliate. He is more likely to start this summer at New York’s Short-Season A team Brooklyn, N.Y., or the Mets’ Rookie League team in Kingsport, Tenn.
Fellow junior outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams already signed with the New York Yankees. Freshman pitcher Braden Webb, who sat out last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, is expected to sign with Milwaukee and begin his pro baseball career.