Jones to New York

Vanderbilt junior taken 25th overall by New York Yankees

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt standout Spencer Jones was selected 25th overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees on Sunday night.



With his selection, Jones becomes the 21st first-round pick in the Tim Corbin era (2003-present), which marks the most in the SEC. He is the 128th Commodore to be selected in the MLB Draft during that timeframe.



Jones experienced a breakout season in 2022, proving to be a dominant force in the Vanderbilt lineup. The third-year outfielder closed out the campaign ranking second on the team in batting average with a .370 mark, good for fifth in the SEC. He posted a team-high .460 on-base percentage, placing seventh in the conference.

An All-SEC second team honoree, Jones registered 21 multiple-hit games across the 2022 campaign. He boasted a 19-game hitting streak from April 12 to May 13, which served as a team-long. Jones matched the Vanderbilt single-game record for hits with a perfect 6-for-6 outing in the midweek matchup against Indiana State on May 10.

Jones concluded his junior campaign by receiving All-America third team honors from Perfect Game.

Earlier in the night, former Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker was selected third overall to the Texas Rangers. Rocker joins former teammate Jack Leiter, who was also selected by the Rangers with the second pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.



Tuesday will mark the second day of the draft, including Rounds 3-10.