Alumni Spotlight: Tyler JonesDecember 14, 2016
Name: Tyler Jones
Birthplace: Milwaukee, WI
Drafted: 21st round of the 2010 MLB Draft (Chicago White Sox); 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft (Minnesota Twins); 1st round (6th overall) of the 2016 MLB Rule 5 Draft (Arizona Diamondbacks)
WSL Team: Sheboygan A's
2016 Season: Class AA Eastern League
The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Jones 6th overall in the MLB Rule 5 Draft on December 8th. The selection of Jones cost the D-backs $100,000. They must keep him on the Major League roster for the entire season or offer him back to the Yankees for $50,000. It is also possible they could work out a trade for Jones if the D-backs wanted to send him to the Minors at some point.
"We've had our eye on him," general manager Mike Hazen said. "He had a great second half in Double-A for the Yankees. Good power arm, good fastball, power curveball. We think it's a worthwhile opportunity to take another guy with a power arm and bring him into the mix. Bring him into Spring Training and compete."
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