Ober to Return; Jones Signs with Blue Jays
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Redshirt sophomore pitcher Bailey Ober has announced he will return to play for the College of Charleston baseball program next season after being selected in the 23rd round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 11. Cougar first baseman Bradley Jones confirmed that he will forego his senior season and has signed a contract to play professionally in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Ober, a 2016 All-CAA second team selection, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 and returned to lead the CofC pitching staff with 96 strikeouts in 97 innings in 2016. The Charlotte, N.C., native is 17-7 with a 2.47 ERA in his career at College of Charleston. The Dodgers selected him with the 701st overall pick in the 23rd round.
“I am thankful to the Dodgers organization for selecting me,” Ober said. “However, I have two years of eligibility left and want to help lead the Cougars to Omaha and hopefully improve my position in the draft.”
Bradley Jones batted .283 in his junior season and led the club with 11 home runs and 46 RBI. For his career, Jones hit 23 home runs – 10th-most in CofC history – and was an All-CAA second team selection in 2015 after hitting .309 with 11 long balls.
Jones signed his contract on Tuesday and has been assigned to the Bluefield Blue Jays, Toronto’s Rookie League affiliate in the Appalachian League. He was selected with the 552nd overall pick in the 18th round.
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