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Austin Jackson’s arrival in Seattle pushes James Jones back to the minors

Aug 1, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

James Jones Mariners AP

James Jones has been the Mariners’ starting center fielder since making his MLB debut in mid-April, logging more than 300 plate appearances, but now the 25-year-old is headed back to Triple-A following yesterday’s trade for Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson.

Jones got off to a good start in Seattle, but has hit just .258 with zero homers and a .600 OPS in 79 games overall, including an ugly 64/12 K/BB ratio. He has great speed, swiping 20 bases while being caught just once, but based on his early MLB production and track record in the minors it’s not clear if Jones will hit enough to be a quality regular.

  1. denny65 - Aug 1, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Jones will be back, probably before the end of this month. Denorfia just doesn’t look that impressive in his first Ms start tonight against Baltimore.

    • ironcurtin64 - Aug 1, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Really!? After two at bats? Jones swings at off speed pitches like he’s trying to catch butterflies. Below average defender, no power, no future Big League success. Spoken by a Mariners fan.

  2. fearthehoody - Aug 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

    Enjoy the downfall! 77-85 record or worse like I predicted in March! Bright side is, may be Fat Jack gets fired!

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