The Atlanta Braves have added former SF Giants frontrunner Ryder Jones to a minor league deal. However, the 28-year-old recently announced on social media that he is making the move to the mound.
Alex Pavlovich One NBC Sports Bay Area spoke about the career change as soon as the deal was announced.
The Giants selected Jones in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Watauga High School in Boone, North Carolina. The Giants have picked North Carolina high school contenders to win gold in the past (hello Madison Bumgarner).
Jones had promised to attend Stanford University, but the Giants were able to keep him off that promise with an $880,000 signing bonus.Curiously, he was teammates with Austin Slater in 2014 There is a possibility. 2017 and he became teammates in 2018, just a few years later.
Infield prospects worked their way up the minor league ladder, which is not uncommon for high school draft picks. He has occasionally shown strength in his ability to move around the field.
944 with 10 home runs in 228 plate appearances for the Sacramento River Cats before being promoted to the Giants. Jones didn’t have an official batting average until the seventh game, so finding his first hit was a challenge.
He was sent back shortly thereafter, but returned to San Francisco at the end of the year. 173/.244/.273 line (37 OPS+) in 164 at-bats in 2017, with only 2 homers, 5 RBIs, and 12 RBIs.
With a very small sample, Jones showed more potential the following year, hitting two homers in eight plate appearances. Year. It was Jones’ last major league appearance.
After stints with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox, he joined the Braves. A move to the mound would be an interesting one, but Jones has shown great prowess as a prospect, so it could be a seamless transition.