The Diamondbacks’ No. 2 overall choice in the 2022 MLB Draft, Druw Jones, has been sidelined with a shoulder injury, according to the team. The Athletic broke the story first.
He hurt himself during his first batting practice with the team, according to reports. According to ESPN, if he needs surgery, the Diamondbacks‘ season may be over if his injury is that serious.
The Diamondbacks welcomed Jones to Chase Field over the weekend with a bonus of $8.19 million. Andruw Jones, a five-time All-Star and ten-time Gold Glove winner, is Jones’ father.
The team will do additional testing on Druw Jones before making a conclusion. Throughout the scouting process, Jones was considered a five-tool talent. As a result, a number of publications, including The Sporting News, ranked the outfielder as one of the best prospects in the 2022 MLB Draft.
NEWS: Druw Jones, the No. 2 pick in the draft, hurt his shoulder taking in his first day of batting practice Monday and may miss the rest of the season. He's seeing a doctor tomorrow.https://t.co/HPPbTpO6ug
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) July 26, 2022
It was Jones’ excellent volume figures at Wesleyan High School in Georgia that matched his scouting report (Peachtree Corners, Ga.). OPS of 1.702 came from his.570 on-base percentage. He drove in 72 runs while hitting 13 home homers. On the mound, he was likewise a perfect 10-1.
This father-son pair may be the best in MLB history, according to one scout who spoke with TSN’s Bill Trocchi about Jones’ abilities.
His father, Andruw Jones, was an All-Star center fielder for the Braves, Dodgers, Rangers, White Sox, and Yankees from 1996 through 2012. He just signed his first professional deal on Saturday with an $8.19 million slot value incentive for the younger Jones, who is now 18.
Although the deal signed by Wesleyan School (Peachtree Corners, GA) product briefly established a high school player record, the Orioles’ first-round choice Jackson Holliday quickly exceeded it.
If Jones is unable to play for the rest of the season, the Diamondbacks will be back in familiar territory. This is the third time in the last year and a half that one of Arizona’s first-round draft picks has been sidelined by a season-ending shoulder injury.
In the first week of the 2021 MiLB season, outfielder Corbin Carroll, the team’s top prospect and 2019 first-round pick, injured his shoulder and required surgery. Shortstop Jordan Lawler, Arizona’s top draft pick in 2021 and No. 2 prospect, suffered a labrum injury in August of that year. In addition, he had surgery.
Carroll and Lawler, on the other hand, had fully recovered by the start of the 2022 season, although Jones would have preferred to avoid surgery and the same season-ending tragedy.
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