After selecting three straight position players in the Competitive Balance Rounds, the Diamondbacks went back to pitching in the fourth round selecting RHP Brent Jones out of Cornell University in the fourth round.
Here is what MLB.com had to say about Jones:
“The Ivy League isn’t known as a huge baseball conference, but it’s had its fair share of Draft prospects, most of them pitchers. Jones has the chance to be just as good as guys like Ross Ohlendorf, Chris Young or Kyle Hendricks. Jones’ best attribute might be his arm strength, with the ability to get his fastball up into the mid 90s, though it plays better when he sits in the 92-93 mph range. He has plus action on his curve, though he has trouble commanding it at times. Jones also throws a cutter-type pitch and a changeup, both of which are below average currently. Jones’ ability to improve his offspeed stuff and his overall command will dictate whether he can start long-term. The team that takes him will likely send him out as a starter, knowing he has the power arsenal that would work well in short relief.”
This is an interesting pick just because there aren’t many players pitchers or position players taken out of the Ivy League. I could defiantly see this guy being a reliever in the future.