June 25, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State second baseman Ryan Jones has been named to the All-Mideast Region First Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Monday.
As a junior in 2012, Jones collected a Big Ten-best 92 hits, which ranks third most in an MSU single-season. He also finished among the Big Ten leaders in nine other offensive categories, including at-bats (first with a school-record 261), sacrifice flies (tied for second with 6), runs (third with 52), total bases (fourth with 123), doubles (fifth with 16), walks (sixth with 35), batting (ninth at .352), on-base percentage (ninth at .422) and triples (tied for 10th with 3).
Jones tied for the team lead with 18 two-out RBIs and 10 multiple RBI games, and ranked second with 25 multi-hit games. He hit .378 (31-for-82) in the seventh inning or later.
An excellent defensive player, Jones ranked second in the Big Ten with a school-record 188 assists.
Jones was selected in the 13th round (No. 418 overall) of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the San Francisco Giants and signed a professional contact. He is currently playing for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a Class A short-season club in the Northwest League.
Jones was the highest drafted second baseman in the history of the program since the inception of the MLB First-Year Player Draft in 1965 (previous high: Cordell Ross, 18th round, 1984).
The only Spartan second baseman in school history to earn All-Big Ten honors three times (second team in 2010; first team in 2011; second team in 2012), Jones left East Lansing among MSU's all-time leaders in doubles (second with 46), hits (third with 240) and runs (sixth with 147). The Haslett, Mich., native compiled a career batting average of .358 and had five homers and 104 RBIs to go along with a .431 on-base percentage. He started 163 career games at second base.