Brock Jones heads to the Tampa Bay Rays with the 65th overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, several years after helping get his name on the map with the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series.
Jones was named the top prospect of the 2018 Future Stars Series National Tournament after a huge showing for NorCal, and then backed that up at International Week later that year at Camelback Ranch, where he reached base five times, including a ground-rule double off of another alumni who ended up in pro ball, now highly touted Mariners prospect Adam Macko.
PICK ANALYSIS BY JEREMY BOOTH, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF THE NEW BALANCE BASEBALL FUTURE STARS SERIES: It’s a great organization for him to land in, first and foremost. Tampa is outstanding, and the relationships between the Future Stars Series and the people in Tampa Bay are well-documented. Brock is another upside play who was playing football and baseball in college. He had top-five pick buzz, the ability puts him in the top five. It’s going to be interesting to see where he settles. He’s cut down his swing and miss a little bit, even as the production improved, the swing and miss didn’t change. So, he’s going to have figure that part out and that’ll settle his role, but he can play center field or anywhere in the outfield. I know the Rays are betting on at the very least that he’s a backup. I think he’s a regular, I think he’s a star. He’s a big leaguer for a while.