With the 519th overall pick in the 2022 first-year player draft, the Red Sox selected Lutheran South Academy (Texas) first baseman/outfielder Deundre Jones.
Jones, 18, is not regarded by any industry publications as one of the top prospects in this year’s draft class. The Houston-area native is currently committed to play college baseball at Kansas State University.
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 190 pounds, Jones hits from the left side of the plate and throws with his left hand. According to Perfect Game USA, he “hits from a slightly open stance” and has a “high contact line drive swing with some strength behind it.”
On the other side of the ball, Jones is a solid defender at first base and also possesses the athleticism to play the outfield since he makes accurate throws and “moves well side to side.”
It may be tough for the Red Sox to sway Jones — who turns 19 in December — away from his commitment to Kansas State. The allotted slot value for the 519th pick in this year’s draft is $125,00. Boston will have until the end of the month to sign Jones.
(Picture of Deundre Jones: VYPE Houston)