|Jones Comes To Terms With Giants|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Tuesday, 11 June 2013 18:48|
Third baseman Ryder Jones, who graduated from Watauga High School on Saturday, has made his choice. The former Pioneer has come to terms with the San Francisco Giants instead of following up on his commitment with Stanford University, a Division I school and a member of the Pacific 12 Conference,
who he signed with last fall. The two sides came to terms on Monday, and the Giants made the announcement on Tuesday. Jones, who was taken in the second round (the 64th pick overall) by the Giants last Thursday in the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, is the first player the Giants have signed.
There is no word on his signing bonus just yet, but according to Baseball America, the slot value of that pick is valued at $872,100.
Jones had a strong senior year at WHS. He batted .461 with a school-tying record 11 home runs, and a school record 43 runs-batted-in. He also set a school record with 21 walks, including a school mark of eight intentional walks. Jones, an All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference selection, was named the NW3A/4A Conference Player of the Year, and he is the first WHS player to be named the North Carolina Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.
Jones was a Rawlings Preseason First Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, Jones recorded 31 runs, 21 walks and 11 doubles. He compiled a .652 on-base percentage and a .987 slugging percentage. Jones split time between the mound and shortstop during his senior year at WHS. He was 4-3 for the Pioneers with a 1.23 earned-run-average. The right hander had 63 strikeouts in 40.1 innings-pitched. As a junior at Stillwater (Okla.) High last season, he captured 2012 Honorable Mention All-State honors from The Oklahoman.
Seeing as the Giants selected Jones well ahead of where he was projected to be picked (in the fifth or sixth round by Baseball America) by draft experts and then signed him so quickly, it seems that they have big plans for him. Jones is seen as a player who lacks bat speed, but could be an above-average power hitter in the future. These qualities indicate that Jones will have to spend a reasonable amout of time developing in the minor leagues before he arrives in San Francisco.
It would be surprising if he doesn't start his professional career with the rookie-level Arizona League Giants. If all goes according to plan, Jones will likely play for the Low Class A Augusta GreenJackets next season, and move up one level per season, putting him on track to join the Giants in 2017 at the earliest. Baseball America ranked Jones as the No. 197 prospect in this year's draft. Perfectgame.org had Jones listed as the 54th prospect among the high school players available in the draft. Perfectgame.org projected Jones as a second-round pick.
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