Ryder Jones | 3B, 19 yo, 6-2, 200, BL, TR | 2013 Draft – 2 | (AZL) 37 G, 165 PA, .317/.394/.400, .794 OPS, 1 HR, 14 BB, 38 K
Second round pick last summer was a two-way player in high school, pitching and playing shortstop. The Giants went high on his left-handed power potential, and moved him over to 3B in order for fellow draftee Christian Arroyo to settle in at short. His bat isn’t as polished as Arroyo’s, but Jones mashed 11 HR during his senior season in high school. If he can fill into his already nice frame, he could really become an offensive weapon at the hot corner. He should have the arm to stay there. Overall, his body of work in the AZL was pretty impressive for a prep pick. He’ll strike out some, and I’m sure he’ll make his fair share of errors as he gets used to a new position. But the Giants wouldn’t have drafted him so high if they didn’t believe in his talent. I’m excited to see how he and Arroyo respond to the pitching-rich SALLY next year. Here’s the future hope of infield talent in the organization… let’s hope he can hack it.
They said it: “I saw Jones play several games at third base this summer. He has an advanced feel for hitting and likely learned hitting mechanics from his dad, who is the baseball coach at Appalachian State University…Overall, Jones is a work in progress. He has an effective bat that will continue to develop as he physically matures.” ~ Bernie Pleskoff, MLB.com
(Stacy Jo Grant)