Oakdale High lefty Justin Jones, The Bee's Stanislaus District Player of the Year, was selected Wednesday by the Chicago White Sox with the 223rd pick in the seventh round of the Major League Baseball draft.
Jones was 22-1 over his final two varsity seasons and has already signed a letter of intent to play at Cal.
Jones’ next major decision will involve whether to pursue a pro career with the Sox, or to attend Cal and suit up for the Bears next season. Merced College star Bradin Hagens, a right-hander from Pitman High who was 9-1 with a 3.77 ERA while leading the Blue Devils to the first conference title in more than 20 years, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks at No. 186 in the sixth round.
Stanislaus State had its first player selected in the 16th round, when right-hander Dakota Watts was selected No. 492 by the Minnesota Twins. The 6-foot-5-inch junior pitcher was 8-4 with a 3.65 ERA for the Warriors, striking out 68 and allowing just one home run in 66 innings.
Buhach Colony pitcher Dylan Floro, the runner-up for The Bee’s Stanislaus District Player of the Year, was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 20th round with the 619th selection. Floro, a four-year varsity player for the Thunder, was 7-1 with a 0.46 ERA as a senior. He struck out 109 batters in 61 innings — walking just 11 during his 10 starts.
Floro has signed a letter of intent with Fullerton State — the same school that will be playing in this weekend’s College World Series — so he has the option of going through with that commitment or signing with Tampa Bay.
Two area players were taken Tuesday, the first day of the three-day draft: — Cal’s Blake Smith, a right fielder and pitcher for the Bears and a former Downey High star, went to the Los Angeles Dodgers at No. 56 in the second round.
— Fresno State third baseman Tommy Mendonca, a baseball and football at Turlock High, went at No. 62 to the Texas Rangers in the second round.