There are two players from the High Country playing minor league baseball this summer---Ryan Arrowood and Ryder Jones.
Arrowood, who played at Appalachian State University, is playing in the Colorado Rockies' minor-league system. Arrowood is in his third year of professional baseball. He is currently a member of the Class AA, Tulsa Drillers of the Texas League.
Arrowood is 5-0 with the Drillers this season with a 3.71 earned-run-average and a save. A starter at App State, and in his first two seasons with the Tri-City Dust Devils of the short season Class A Northwest League and the Asheville Tourists of the Class A South Atlantic League, Arrowood is primarily working out of the bullpen.
In 28 appearances with the Drillers, Arrowood has given up 25 earned runs in 60.2 innings with 31 strikeouts and 23 walks. In his career, Arrowood is 15-5 playing for Tri-City, Modesto of the Class A California League, and Tulsa, with a 3.33 ERA and two saves. Arrowood had 185 strikeouts and he's given up 67 walks in 197.1 innings.
Arrowood, who was selected by the Rockies in the 28th round of the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, was named the National Pitcher of the Week by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and CollegeBaseball360.coms Primetime Peformer of the Week in 2012 afther he shutout LSU 1-0 his senior year. .
Arrowood retired 20 of the 23 hitters he faced in that game and Appalachian become the first non-conference opponent to shut out the Tigers in nearly eight years. Arrowood was also named the Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year that season.
Jones, who played at Watauga High School, was the North Carolina Gatorade
Baseball Player of the Year his senior year. He was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the MLB Draft in 2013. Jones is one of two players from WHS to be selected in the draft. Jonathan Greene, who played at Western Carolina University following his career with the Pioneers, was selected by the Texas Rangers in the eighth round in 2007.
Jones, in his second season of professional baseball, is batting .224 in 80 games with the Augusta GreenJackets of the Class A, South Atlantic League. Jones has six home runs, 19 doubles and a triple among his 72 hits.
Last year, Jones was named an all-star in the Rookie Arizona League playing for the AZL Giants. He batted .317 in 37 games with a home run and 18 RBI.
In his two-year stay in the Giants' minor-league system, Jones is batting .253 with seven home runs, 28 doubles and 63 RBI.
Photo Courtesy: Ryan Arrowood, App State Athletics