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Zach Cone out for season with torn Achilles

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2011 first rounder Zach Cone will miss the remainder of the 2013 season with a torn left Achilles

Jed Jacobsohn

Per Drew Davison on Twitter, Rangers minor league outfielder Zach Cone will miss the remainder of the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.

Cone, who the Rangers selected at #37 overall in the 2011 draft out of the University of Georgia, was viewed at the time as a rather controversial selection, as he was seen as a project who struggled with the bat at the college level.

Cone hit .262/.326/.461 in 475 plate appearances at low-A Hickory in 2012, and had a .308/.333/.385 line in 27 plate appearances at high-A Myrtle Beach this season.

Cone, will be 24 when next season begins, is an athletic, speed and defense type player, and an Achilles injury the type of thing that could significantly impact his ability to perform over the long-term. He will likely be facing a return to Myrtle Beach and the Carolina League in 2013.