In Round 4, D-backs tab Cornell righty Jones

In Round 4, D-backs tab Cornell righty Jones

The D-backs took their first college player in the fourth round of MLB's First-Year Player Draft on Friday.

The D-backs used their sixth pick of the Draft -- No. 120 overall -- to select right-handed pitcher Brent Jones out of Cornell University.

Jones, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, was 2-3 with a 2.50 ERA in nine games as a junior with the Big Red. He struck out 47 batters in 50 1/3 innings.

Jones's fastball can reach into the mid-90s and has a plus curveball, but he has trouble controlling it sometimes, according to his scouting report.

"Liked the body, liked the stuff," D-backs scouting director Ray Montgomery said of Jones, who was scouted by Mike Serbalik. "He might be a reliever in the end, but we think he has starter pitches and the ability to go out and start and pitch innings because he's kind of a fresher arm coming out of the Northeast."

Jones is the third pitcher the D-backs have taken through their first six picks.

The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on at 10 a.m. MST.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.