2013 MLB Draft: San Francisco Giants Select Stanford-Bound Ryder Jones in Second Round


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If the San Francisco Giants want their second round selection to sign with them, they will have to persuade him to turn down a Stanford education, which will be difficult to do.

The Giants drafted third baseman Ryder Jones, who attended Watauga High School in New York, with the 64th overall pick in 2013 MLB Draft.

Jones has had quite a high school career, as SFGiants.com describes:

"The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder hit .479 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs during his senior season. He was named North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year for his exploits. Also, Jones’ fastball reportedly hovers in the low 90-mph range, which helped him finish 4-3 with a 1.23 ERA, one save and 63 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings."

However, like their first round selection, this pick may have been a bit of a reach. Jones was listed by Baseball America as the 197th top prospect to enter the draft, while first round pick Christian Arroyo (also out of high school) was ranked near the 100th best prospect.

Giants fans sure hope that GM Brian Sabean knows what he’s doing, drafting two high school kids below the projected draft board.

Rounds 3-10 of the draft will take place on Friday, beginning at 10 AM PST.