June 7, 2011
SECAUCUS, N.J. - Washington State University outfielder Derek Jones was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday.
A junior, Jones was the fourth pick in the round and the 395th selection overall. He was the second Cougar selected in this year's draft after junior left-handed pitcher Adam Conley went to the Florida Marlins in the second round.
"I am proud to be a Cougar," Jones said. "I will always be a Cougar. I am happy about what WSU has given to me and what I can give back to the program. I'm excited about the opportunity and the decision ahead."
In 2009, Jones tied the Cougar freshman record with 12 home runs. He also ranks on Washington State's all-time freshman list with 31 walks (second), 37 RBI (fourth), 91 total bases (T-sixth) and a .450 slugging percentage (10th).
As a sophomore, the Snohomish native led the Cougars to their second-straight NCAA postseason appearance by batting .309 with a team-best 12 home runs, 49 RBI and a .581 slugging percentage.
In 2011, Jones batted .275 with eight home runs and 33 RBI. The junior collected 11 doubles, two triples and scored 39 runs. In conference play, he batted .317 with 14 extra-base hits, including a team-best five home runs, and knocked in 18.
Jones was honorable mention All-Pacific-10 Conference in 2010 and 2011. His 32-career home runs are eighth all-time at Washington State. He is the second Cougar to be selected by the Orioles, joining pitcher Bryce Chamberlin who was a sixth round draft pick in 2004. Former Cougar pitcher Mark Hendrickson is currently pitching for the Norfolk (Va.) Tide, the AAA affiliate of the Orioles.