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MLB: Yankees Promote First Round Pick Jones to Double-A Somerset

 Leif Skodnick  |    Aug 27th, 2023 10:23am EDT

Spencer Jones of the New York Yankees runs towards home plate during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at T-Mobile Park on July 08, 2023 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network

The New York Yankees promoted outfielder Spencer Jones from High-A Hudson Valley to Double-A Somerset, Max Goodman of NJ.com reported on Sunday. 

Jones, the 25th overall pick in the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft, stands at 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds and is currently ranked No. 78 as an overall prospect and No. 1 in the Yankees organization according to MLBpipeline.com. 

Jones, 22, born in Encinitas, California, played his first full professional season with High-A Hudson Valley and was selected to the Futures Game in Seattle. He suited up in 100 games with 459 plate appearances, batting .268 with 110 hits, 28 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 56 RBI, 35 stolen bases, 42 walks, 133 strikeouts and a .787 OPS. 

Last season, Jones split time between the complex level and Low-A Tampa, playing in 25 games and hitting .344 over 106 plate appearances with 32 hits, six doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI, 12 stolen bases, 11 walks, 20 strikeouts and a .962 OPS. 

At the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft Combine held at Petco Park, Jones averaged a 103.6 mph exit velocity on his 10 swings during batting practice. 

During the 2021 collegiate summer season, Jones played for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod Baseball League, where in 25 games, he batted .312 with 24 hits, four doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI, six stolen bases, eight walks, 28 strikeouts and a .904 OPS. 

Jones played three collegiate seasons at Vanderbilt University, where he was a lifetime .329 hitter suiting up in 109 games with 421 plate appearances recording 118 hits, 30 doubles, three triples, 15 home runs, 73 RBI, 18 stolen bases, 43 walks, and 104 strikeouts including a .972 OPS. 

The first-place Somerset Patriots (29-21) play the final game of their six-game home series against the Hartford Yard Goats (22-27) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. EDT. The game will be streaming on MiLB.com with a paid subscription. 

The Somerset Patriots are two-and-a-half games ahead of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies (26-23) in the Eastern League Northeast Division for the second half of the regular season.

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