Drew Jones agreed with the defenders


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PHOENIX. It didn’t take long for the D-backs to come to terms with outfielder Drew Jones, their first-round pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, as the two sides agreed on an $8,189,400 bonus, a source told Jim Callis. The club has not confirmed the agreement, which is under consideration.

That’s the full cost of the No. 2 pick slot and the biggest draft bonus given to a high school player, surpassing the previous record of $7.7 million that Bobby Witt Jr. received from the Royals in 2019.

Jones, the son of five-time MLB All-Star Andrew Jones, was named the #1 draft pick by MLB Pipeline. In his senior season at Georgia Wesleyan High School, Jones hit .445 with 1.494 OPS, 16 home runs and 14 steals in 38 games before being named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

“I’m just ready to go out there and play for the kind of organization that’s ready to give young guys the opportunity to continue their careers and win a championship,” Jones said after being selected on Sunday night.

This is the second year in a row that the D-backs have acquired a player who was one of the top three prospects in the MLB Pipeline before the draft. In 2021, shortstop Jordan Lolar finished third and sixth overall in Arizona.

After being selected, Jones spoke about the D-backs’ desire to build a championship around a core of young players, and that group is starting to get some attention.

Center fielder Alec Thomas, right fielder Dalton Warshaw and shortstop Geraldo Perdomo are already contributing to the big leagues, and another 2019 draft pick, first-round outfielder Corbin Carroll, dominated Double-A Amarillo and got promotion. at Triple-A Reno shortly before the All-Star break.

That’s a fast rise, especially considering there were no Minor League games in 2020 and then Carroll missed all but a few games of the ’21 season with a right shoulder injury. He is now one step away from donning a D-backs uniform, which could happen in September or next year at the latest.

Lolar moves fast too, jumping from Single-A Visalia to High-A Hillsboro before halftime, and both he and Carroll represented the D-backs in the SiriusXM Futures All-Star Game.

In addition, there are pitchers that Arizona has drafted since 2019.

Tommy Henry, Ryan Nelson and Dray Jameson work with Triple-A Reno, while Brandon Pfaadt, Bryce Jarvis, Slade Cecconi and Blake Walston work with Double-A Amarillo. Six of the seven are in the top 10 in the MLB Pipeline rankings for Arizona Farm Systems, with the one not included (Henry) in 13th place.

While the number of pitchers at the moment may not seem too impressive, consider that both Reno and Amarillo are extremely hitter-friendly.

“You get hit a little in the first half,” said D-backs coach Brent Strom. “Flyballs are flying around and flying away and you are a little discouraged. But now they’re starting to sharpen up again.

“Walking ratio went down, first pitch hitting percentage went up, first three inning wins went up – getting two out of the first three innings was hitting or at least making contact. All these different indicators. that our front office provides gives us a better idea of ​​who we can get if and when they come here.”

There are no guarantees when it comes to prospects, but quantity comes with quality, and the D-backs did a good job of creating that depth during the draft. The past three days have been a continuation of that.

“I think this is just a testament to all the work that our scouts and all of our front office staff, our analysts, have done,” said Arizona scouting director Jan Rebhan. “We are just incredibly meticulous. I think our process was great. It’s always nice when you see the results on the field and this exciting group of prospects we have in the minor leagues.”

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