NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former San José State pitcher Zack Jones was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the major league portion of the 2015 MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
Jones, a right-handed reliever with a power fastball, must remain on the Brewers’ big-league roster for the entire 2016 season or be offered back to his former club, the Minnesota Twins.
“So thankful for the support & opportunities the Twins gave me; but so excited to see what the future holds with the Brewers!!,” Jones tweeted Thursday.
Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Brewers pro scouting director Zack Minasian described Jones as "A pure power arm. He'll blow guys away with his fastball. … We're buying a big, big fastball and we'll see what he can do."
Jones posted a 4.18 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 51.2 innings last season with the Twins’ Class A and Double-A affiliates. For his career, he owns a 9-7 win-loss record and a 2.82 ERA with 186 punchouts in 130.2 frames and has notched 33 saves.
Minnesota selected Jones in the fourth round (130th overall) of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft following his three-year career at San José State. He finished the 2012 season with the Spartans as the team leader in strikeouts with 60. He had a 3.5-to-1 strikeouts-to-walks ratio and averaged 10.00 strikeouts per nine innings during his 19 appearances on the mound. Jones also led the Spartans with seven saves and pushed his school-record career total to 22.