We continue the countdown today with number 44, Georgia outfielder Hunter Cole. During his sophomore campaign with the Bulldogs, Cole made starts in all three outfield positions and was one of only two Bulldogs to start in all 53 games in 2013. The 6’1” outfielder batted .303 with four home runs and 33 RBI in 2013 and was among the top hitters on an always dangerous Bulldog lineup. His talent wasn’t confined to the diamond as Cole was also named to the 2013 UGA Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll and to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
The Moore, S.C native attended Dorman High School where he was a Top-ranked prep player in South Carolina and was ranked 28th in the country by Perfect Game’s national rankings. As a senior, Cole batted .525 with eight home runs and 28 RBI and an impressive .697 on-base percentage. The talented outfielder was also named a 2011 Rawlings 1st Team All-American and 1st Team Atlantic All-Region. The graduate of Dorman was then selected in the 49th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Washington Nationals.
During the 2013 summer, Cole spent his time in the prestigious Cape Cod League as a member of the Cotuit Kettleers. While there, Cole played in 38 games with 116 at bats and played a huge role in the success of the squad. Cole batted .241 with 28 hits, 12 RBI and 14 runs scored. The Georgia outfielder returns to the Bulldogs for the 2014 season and will be a player to watch once the season kicks off.
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