Jones Signs with Indians
Aug. 20, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University Baseball recruit Chris Jones has signed a professional contract with the Cleveland Indians. Jones, a 15th round selection of the Indians in June's Amateur Entry Draft, signed with the squad just hours before the deadline on Aug. 15 and moved on to the professional ranks.
Jones is the second incoming pitcher for the Hoosiers to elect to sign with a professional team. Brock Huntzinger, who was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the third round, signed on June 29. Incoming freshman left-hander Kyle Leiendecker, who was taken by the Indians in the 25th round, elected not to sign with the squad and will join his IU teammates later this month.
"Obviously we are disappointed to lose another incoming pitcher of this caliber, but we are happy for Chris," head coach Tracy Smith said. "He was set on coming to school unless the Indians made it worth his while, and apparently they did. MLB's deadlines for signing players have always been an issue with college coaches because it is so late. If a kid signs professionally late in the summer, like Chris, it is virtually impossible to find a player to replace him. I guess if there's a silver lining in any of this, we can take some satisfaction in knowing that were are getting pretty good players to choose Indiana University in the first place."
Huntzinger has made two starts for the Gulf Coast League's Red Sox in Rookie A-ball. In his three innings of action, he has given up three hits and allowed two runs while striking out two. Huntzinger was selected with pick number 114 after going 7-1 this season with a 0.29 ERA and 95 strikeouts versus just seven walks for Pendleton Heights High School.
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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