A recent selection in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft with not one, but two Gwinnett County connections has signed his first professional contract.
North Gwinnett grad and Georgia Gwinnett College signee Nick Jones came to terms late Tuesday on a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, who selected him in the 14th round of the draft earlier this month.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound left-handed pitcher accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Grizzlies during the upcoming year after two standout junior college seasons, but signed a contract with the Giants organization.
"I had a fantastic opportunity to attend Georgia Gwinnett College and play for coach Brad Stromdahl," said Jones. "Ultimately, I decided to pursue my dream of playing professional baseball and to compete at the highest levels of the sport. My connection with Coach Stromdahl and the Grizzly program aided me along the way and I wish the Georgia Gwinnett squad all the best going forward."
Jones was named a 2013 Second Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association this spring at Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, Ala.
He went 3-0 on the mound with four saves and 35 strikeouts in 24 innings for the Pirates this spring. At the plate, he hit .393 with 17 doubles, seven home runs and 51 runs batted in.
He also was named to the first team all-conference and all-division squads.
Jones is initially scheduled to join the Giants' affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League in Scottsdale, Ariz., for the start of that league's season today.