With the No. 44 pick of the 2020 MLB Draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Southern California high school pitcher and Longhorn recruit Jared Jones.
Pitching a consistent fastball in the mid-90s, it was no surprise to see the six-foot-two, 175 pound right-handed pitcher selected in the second round.
MLB Network draft analyst Dan O’Dowd gave some of his thoughts on the young product:
“He’s got exceptional rhythm in his delivery. Some effort in his delivery. He’s a great competitor who started to make big strides in his fastball command. There’s simply a lot to like about this kid. He’s got one of the higher upsides of anyone in this year’s draft.”
The Texas signee will bring his impressive, yet young, talent-set to the big leagues. Having one of the more powerful arms in the 2020 class and a solid curveball and tight slider, the 18 year-old will look to make an impact on a Pirates team that struggled last season (69-93), finishing at the bottom of the NL Central.
Jared Jones, had some words after realizing his dream turned into reality:
“Yeah, I was standing right next to my dad and we both just really broke down and started crying. It was a moment to remember forever."
Jones will forego his Texas career and cash in on a value pick (44th) that is worth approximately $1.69 million. The Pittsburgh Pirates will also make selections at picks 79, 108 and 138 on Thursday.
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