Sedalia Bombers first baseman Matt Jones has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers drafted Jones in the 25th round of the Major League Baseball first-year players draft this month with the 759th overall pick.
Jones hit .366 for Hutchinson Community College this spring and was hitting .344 in 18 games for the Bombers.
“It’s going to be a good move for Jones,” said Bombers manager Jud Kindle. “The sooner you can get in pro ball, the better. The younger you are when you sign, the more likely they’re going to keep you around.”
With Jones gone, Jess Cartner will see more playing time at first and Kindle is looking to play Sedalia native Jordan Dey at first as well.
“Jess has been doing great for us at first base,” Kindle said. “Jones played a little bit in the outfield. Offensively we’re going to be fine. We’ve done fine when he’s not in the lineup.”
The Bombers have another draftee coming into camp. Pitcher Mark Reyes will make his first start with the team today against Joplin. The Crowder pitcher was drafted in the 22nd round by the San Fransisco Giants.
“(I’m) just catching up with the team, getting to know the guys and getting ready to throw,” Reyes said.
A former Bomber, right-handed pitcher Aaron Baker, also signed on Tuesday. In eight starts for the Bombers in 2011 he went 3-1 and had a 1.61 ERA. He signed with the Phillies after opening the 2014 season in the Frontier League with the Gateway Grizzlies.
“He’s a guy that’s an innings eater,” Kindle said. “He’ll go out and throw seven or eight innings every time he goes out. Pumps strikes, hits high-80s, low-90s, very mature pitcher who definitely deserves a shot.”