Just 11 months ago, while Connor Jones was pitching for his home-state Virginia Cavaliers, the right-hander no doubt had one eye on the groups of professional scouts charting every pitch. After his named was called by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 70th overall pick, Jones quickly signed and reported to the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Cardinals. There, he threw roughly an inning per week as is custom for newly-signed college pitchers with high workloads.
From there, the 22-year old moved up to the State College Spikes of the New York-Penn League and contributed from the bullpen during that club’s push to the league title. Out of spring training 2017, Jones received a fairly aggressive promotion, to the high-A Palm Beach Cardinals.
Based on the early going, it looks like a great move for all involved.
In the exclusive interview that follows, Jones recaps his last year, talks about the learning curve in the professional game, explains why he embraces his trademark power sinker and much more.
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