Jones makes professional debut
by Staff Reports
The Watauga graduate is hitting .333 in his brief career in the Arizona Rookie League. He joined the team after being assigned to the team, located in Scottsdale, Ariz., by the San Francisco Giants. The Giants made Jones their second round draft pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Jones, who plays third base for Arizona, is 2-for-6 in the two games he's played. He has a double and also has drawn a walk this week. He's batting third in the Giants' lineup.
Jones went into the game with impressive credentials. He was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year and was named to the NCPreps.com Class 4-A All-State team.
Jones transferred to Watauga High School from Stillwater (Okla.) High when his father, Billy, accepted the head coaching position of the Appalachian State baseball team. Ryder Jones batted .461 and hit a school record 11 home runs while at Watauga.
Jones also drove in a school record 43 runs and walked 21 times, which also set a new Watauga standard.
Jones is not the only Boone connection to the Giants. Former Appalachian State shortstop Will Callaway is also on the team, but is struggling with his bat.
Callaway, which had a 27-game hitting streak with the Mountaineers in the 2013 season, is hitting 1-of-9 so far with the Giants. Callaway has one RBI in the young season.
Callaway hit .344 with four home runs and 40 RBIs for the Mountaineers in 2013. He also had 12 doubles and scored 42 runs, which was second on the team.
He was drafted by the Giants in the 37th round. Callaway was one of four Mountaineers selected in the 2013 draft.