|Born: (1988-09-22) September 22, 1988 (age 24)
Brooklyn, New York
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
James Steven Jones (born (1988-09-22)September 22, 1988) is an American professional baseball right fielder who plays in the Seattle Mariners organization. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft. He has been compared to outfielder Adam Jones.
Jones attended the High School of Telecommunications, where he led them to a Brooklyn West Division Championship. He spent time as both a pitcher and a position player.
In 2007, Jones began attending Long Island University where in his freshman season he played 50 games, including pitching in 12 of those games. For the season he hit .299 with 10 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 32 RBIs. He also had eight stolen bases. He was primarily used as a pitcher and went 2-6 with a 7.25 ERA in 12 games, eight starts.
He started all 67 games in 2008, including 14 pitching appearances. Jones hit .309 with eight doubles, two triples, five home runs and 28 RBIs. His 41 runs and 19 stolen bases were team highs. He earned many honers including First Team All-Northeast Conference, he was named NEC Player of the Week on March 24, he was ranked 30th on Baseball America's Top 100 College Prospects List and was named top prospect in New York State by Perfect Game Crosschecker.
Going into his junior year many felt Jones was better suited as a pitcher entering the draft. His fastball was said to be up to 95 mph (153 km/h). Jones continued to play as a pitcher and an outfielder throughout the rest of his junior season. He was drafted by the Mariners at the end of the season as an outfielder rather than a pitcher.
Jones began his professional career in 2009 with the Short-Season Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. He played 33 games in right field, seven at first base, three at designated hitter and one in left field. Jones finished the season hitting .311 with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 24 RBIs. In 2010, Baseball America listed Jones as the "Best Outfield Arm" in the Seattle Mariners organization. To begin the 2010 season, Jones was assigned to the Class-A Clinton LumberKings. On the season, Jones batted .269 with 87 runs scored, 132 hits, 24 doubles, 10 triples, 12 home runs, 64 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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