Hoosiers Add Southpaw Draftee
Aug. 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team has added another left-handed arm to its incoming class, as Chris Jones signed on to play with the Hoosiers, head coach Tracy Smith announced today. Jones, a 6-foot-2 southpaw out of Tampa, Fla., was a 15th round selection of the Cleveland Indians in the 2007 Draft.
"Chris is a very important piece of our recruiting class for this year," Smith said. "When we lost Brock Huntzinger to the Boston Red Sox in the third round of the draft this summer, we were very concerned because we knew it was going to be difficult to find someone of that caliber late in the recruiting process. Without a doubt, we think Chris was one of the best pitchers in the country still available. We expect him to come in and be a big part of what we are building."
Jones will join fellow Cleveland draftee Kyle Leiendecker (25th round) as lefthanded newcomers on the IU pitching staff. Jones is playing this summer for the Midland Redskins, one of the top amateur organizations in the country. He has helped the Cincinnati-based squad to an appearance in semifinals of the Connie Mack World Series.
Jones played high school ball for Vivian Gaither High School in Tampa, earning his team's pitching award in each of his final three seasons. He earned four letters pitching for Gaither, and was an all-state selection in 2005, where he helped the team all the way to the state title game before losing to the top team in the nation, Davie Nova. Jones was also an all-conference honoree in 2006.
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