Each week, “Cow Tipping” will feature a San Francisco Giants’ prospect from one of our farm teams.
The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes Shortstop and Third Baseman, Ryder Jones, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 2nd Round of the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft from Watauga High School in Boone, NC. In high school, he played both Shortstop and Pitcher. Even though his fastball was in the low-90’s, the Giants decided to keep Jones at third base.
Jones is the son of Appalachian State head baseball coach Billy Jones, so it is easy to see where he gets his love of baseball. He passed on going to Stanford, and instead opted to sign with the Giants for $880,000.
Recently, he has played 18 games for the Volcanoes at third base with 72 At-Bats and a .264 Batting Average. Prior to the Volcanoes, he was playing for the Augusta GreenJackets, where they had moved him around between second, third, and Shortstop. In Augusta, Jones played 91 games with 369 At-Bats, and a .220 Batting Average.
Overall, Jones has a .249 Batting Average, with 146 hits, 10 home runs, and an OBP of .308. He has had 98 Put Outs and has committed 36 Errors.
Jones’ eligibility ETA is not for a few years yet, so he has plenty of time to work out the kinks, and bring his Batting Average up. This is a kid worth watching in the next few years. Hopefully we will see him in the Orange and the Black soon.