Shortly after the MLB Draft concluded and Giants fans were dissecting the selections, some picks knew what they were going to do and took to Twitter to announce their excitement of going pro. Second round draft pick Ryder Jones out of Watauga HS in North Carolina was one of those people that was not shy about taking to social media.
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
That was last week, and it took a while for the details to come out, and slowly but surely we are getting some details out of the numbers of the picks the Giants have signed. From Jim Callis of Baseball America:
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisBA) June 15, 2013
Callis goes on to say that despite Jones being a Stanford commit, he was not surprised at the Champs being able to pull the young Ryder away from his commitment with the Cardinal due to Jones being drafted so early. MLB.com has this to say about the second round pick of the Giants:
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.
Baseball America had Jones ranked as the #197 Draft prospect. You can see how the Giants and other teams are doing with their draft allotment money here. If you click on the team name, you will see the players they drafted. You must have a Baseball America subscription to see the scouting reports.