Los Angeles — The Yankees recruited another 6’7 college outfielder from California.
They can only hope it will be halved as well as their choice of 2013 Aaron Judge.
The Yankees, who were ranked 25th in the MLB draft on Sunday, landed Vanderbilt outfielder Spencer Jones. He is left-handed and hits the bat, but his large frame and athletic ability compare him to the judge.
In 61 games as a junior in the Commodores this spring, Jones spent all his time with his right fielder, hitting 12 home runs, 14 home runs and .370 with 1.103 OPS.
Jones was a high school graduated two-way player in California — he wasn’t signed after the Angels drafted him in the 31st round of 2019 — but he encountered injury trouble and his as a pitcher. I finished running. When he was in his third year of high school, he had surgery to repair a fracture in his left elbow, and in 2020 he had surgery for Tommy John.
However, Jones became a daily player at Vanderbild this spring, reestablishing his value as a draft prospect at MLB.com 51st, ESPN 20th, and Athletic 79th.
The strong summer of last year’s Cape Cod Baseball League also pushed up Jones’ stock. Jones, who played for Brewster Whitecaps (which happened to be the same team the judges played in 2012), hit .312 at .904 OPS in the wooden bat league, which often acts as a separator for draft prospects. did.
Jones has become the first outfielder of choice for the Yankees in the first round since Blake Rutherford in 2016.
The Yankees closed the first night of the draft and chose CalPoly’s right-handed Drew Thorpe on the 61st pick (second round). According to MLB.com, he was able to make the best change-up in this year’s draft class.
Yankees choose Vanderbilt outfielder Spencer Jones in MLB draft
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