FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University baseball head coach Art Inabinet has announced the signing of junior college transfer Reese Cooley of Jacksonville, Fla.
Cooley, 6-2 and 210 pounds, played the last two seasons at Chipola College in Marianna, Fla., a program that has produced numerous Major League Baseball stars, including Jose Bautista, Russell Martin, and Adam Duvall.
This past season, Cooley batted .261 and finished fifth in the state of Florida with 11 home runs. He scored 37 runs and compiled nine doubles, 12 stolen bases, and 39 runs batted in. In the outfield, he registered five assists and committed only one error. He earned second-team All-Conference recognition while helping lead the Indians to a 43-16 record, the Panhandle Conference title, and an appearance in the FCSAA Region 8/State championship game.
During his freshman year, Cooley garnered first-team All-Conference honors after hitting .250 with 32 runs scored, seven doubles, seven home runs, 27 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases. He earned Player of the Week honors once in 2015.
Cooley is a graduate of Fleming Island High School, where he earned Perfect Game All-American (Top 50 in nation) accolades and played for coaches Don Suriano and Jeremiah Klosterman.
He was drafted in 2014 by the Cleveland Indians and then again in the recent 2016 draft by the Chicago White Sox.
“Maurice has the chance to be an impact player,” Inabinet said. “He can run, throw, hit, and hit for power. His talent is evidenced by the fact that he has been drafted twice, in 2014 and 2016. We as a staff are excited that he will be taking the field for the Patriots in 2017!”
Cooley joins an FMU recruiting class that includes seven high school seniors and nine transfers. Francis Marion lost 12 seniors off last season’s 26-23 squad.