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Ryder Jones has signed with the San Francisco Giants. File photo

Originally published: 2013-06-12 10:18:40
Last modified: 2013-06-12 18:48:16

Former Pioneer baseball player signs with Giants

Ryder Jones has taken a Giant leap forward.

Jones has agreed to join the San Francisco Giants, rather than attending Stanford University, where he signed last fall.

Jones, a third baseman, graduated from Watauga High School on Saturday at the Holmes Center at Appalachian State University.

The Giants made the announcement of Jones signing on Tuesday.

Jones was taken in the second round by the Giants on June 6 during the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.  He was the 64th overall pick.

During Jones' senior year at Watauga High School, he batted .461, with a school-tying record 11 home runs and a school record 43 runs batted in. He also set a school record with 21 walks, including a school mark of eight intentional walks.

Jones was an All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference selection.

He was named the NW3A/4A Conference Player of the Year, and he is the first WHS player to be named the North Carolina Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.

Baseball America ranked Jones as the No. 197 prospect in this year's draft. had Jones listed as the 54th prospect among the high school players available in the draft. projected Jones as a second-round pick.