Jones named to USA Today second team
by Staff Reports
The post-graduation awards continue to roll in for Watauga graduate Ryder Jones.
Jones was named to the second team prep All-USA Baseball team by USA Today. The team is sponsored by American Family Insurance.
The team is comprised of prep baseball players who played during the 2013 season. They were selected by USA Today sports writer Jim Halley.
Jones, who played shortstop and pitched for Watauga, was named to the team as an infielder. He hit .461 with 11 home runs and 43 RBIs for the Pioneers, who finished 15-12 this season.
Jones, who signed a letter of intent with Stanford, signed a pro contract with the San Francisco Giants after being selected in the second round by the team. He transferred to Watauga from Stillwater, Okla., after his father, Billy Jones, was named the head coach of the Appalachian State baseball team.
Ryder Jones was also named the North Carolina Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year.
The USA Baseball team player of the year is Trey Ball, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder from New Castle, Ind. He signed with the Boston Red Sox after being picked seventh overall.
The only other North Carolina baseball player on the team is Bandys right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey. Drafted and signed by the Baltimore Orioles with the 22nd overall pick, Harven struck out 116 batters in 54 2/3 innings and had an ERA of 0.38.