Former Edmonds-Woodway High School first baseman Austin “Bubba” Jones has made it official: He signed Thursday with the New York Yankees, deciding not to play college baseball at Arizona.
The Warriors’ slugger — who batted .568 this year and helped propel E-W into the state baseball playoffs — was drafted by the Yankees in the seventh round, number 239th overall. At the time, he said he would take his time to decide whether to continue his plans to play for the Wildcats or wear New York pinstripes.
“In my gut, in my heart, I probably decided when I got back from Tampa last week,” Jones said Thursday afternoon, referring to the time he spent last week with the Yankees organization. “I fit right in and had a chance to talk with some of the guys.”
Next step for Jones? He gets on a plane at 8 a.m. Friday and heads back to Tampa, where he will play rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League starting Saturday. After playing there for a month, he’ll come back to Edmonds at the end of August, then return for instructional league at the end of October.