Jones drafted by Seattle

Former Watauga standout Utah Jones, shown in the 2015 playoffs, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

TIGERSVILLE, S.C. — Former Watauga baseball standout Utah Jones was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft June 6.

Jones, who transferred to North Greenville College, hit .403 with the Crusaders and was a Division II Postseason All-American.

“I have no words to describe this feeling right now,” Jones tweeted. “Been dreaming about this moment my whole life. Incredibly grateful for the opportunity.”

Jones is the second in his family to be drafted by a major league team. His brother, Ryder, was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the San Francisco Giants. Ryder Jones reached the major leagues in 2017.

Jones’ father, Billy Jones, was the head coach of the Appalachian State baseball team from 2013-16.

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