Ryder Jones, the Giants' second-round pick in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, announced Monday that he would start his professional career instead of following through on his commitment to play at Stanford.
It's official, starting my professional career with the San Francisco Giants and flying out to AZ Wednesday! #Blessed— Ryder Jones (@Jonesy_56) June 10, 2013
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Here's MLB.com's scouting report on Jones:
Because Jones' father, Billy, is Appalachian State's baseball coach, he has spent a lot of time around the diamond. His upbringing shows and he has a good feel for the game. While Jones is a two-way prospect, his future is probably as an everyday player. He plays shortstop now, but his range and 6-foot-3, 185-pound frame are better suited for third base. At the plate, Jones has good power. On the mound, Jones' fastball has been clocked in the low-90s and he also throws a solid breaking ball. If he becomes a pitcher, scouts see him as a reliever. Jones is committed to Stanford.