Yankees pick Vanderbilt outfielder Spencer Jones in MLB Draft

Yankees pick Vanderbilt outfielder Spencer Jones in MLB Draft

LOS ANGELES — The Yankees have drafted one other 6-foot-7 school outfielder who hails from California.

They’ll solely hope it seems half in addition to their number of Aaron Decide in 2013.

With the No. 25 decide in Sunday’s MLB draft, the Yankees landed Vanderbilt outfielder Spencer Jones, who has drawn some comparisons to Decide together with his massive body and athleticism, although he bats left-handed.

This spring, in 61 video games as a junior with the Commodores, Jones hit .370 with 12 residence runs, 14 steals and a 1.103 OPS, spending all of his time in proper area.

Jones was a two-way participant out of highschool in California — he went unsigned after the Angels drafted him within the thirty first spherical in 2019 — however bumped into damage troubles that ended his run as a pitcher. Throughout his senior yr of highschool, he underwent surgical procedure to restore a fracture in his left (throwing) elbow after which had Tommy John surgical procedure in 2020.

Vanderbilt’s Spencer Jones was taken the the primary spherical of the MLB draft by the Yankees on Sunday.AP

However Jones grew to become an on a regular basis participant at Vanderbilt this spring, reestablishing his worth because the No. 51 draft prospect per MLB.com, No. 20 per ESPN and No. 79 per The Athletic.

A powerful summer season final yr within the Cape Cod Baseball League additionally boosted Jones’ inventory. Taking part in for the Brewster Whitecaps — the identical group, coincidentally, that Decide performed for in 2012 — Jones hit .312 with a .904 OPS within the wooden-bat league that may typically function a separator for draft prospects.

Jones grew to become the primary outfielder the Yankees have taken with their first-round decide since Blake Rutherford in 2016.

The Yankees rounded out their first night time of the draft by choosing Cal Poly right-hander Drew Thorpe with the No. 61 decide (second spherical). Based on MLB.com, he may have one of the best changeup on this yr’s draft class. 

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