Brooklyn product James Jones, who went to both Telecom High School and LIU Brooklyn, is just one step away from the major leagues after being promoted to Triple-A Tacoma by the Mariners, according to broadcaster Chris Harris.
Jones was drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft by the Mariners. In five seasons in the minors, he has hit a combined .283/.365/.450 in 532 games. He was hitting .275/.347/.419 in 101 games in Double-A Jackson before his promotion. He is not on the Mariners 40-man roster so a September call-up seems out of the question.
It’s so late in the season that he won’t get to play much in Triple-A, but it is a sign that he will likely start the season there next year. That’s good because the Mariners have been somewhat slow with his development to this point as he had full season stops at the short-season, Low-A, and High-A levels. He even repeated a season at High-A before his eventual promotion to Double-A this season. The fact that he won’t be repeating Double-A means that we could see him in the majors by next September or 2015.
Jones is a right fielder with above-average range and a good arm (he has seven assists this year and had 11 in 2011 and 12 in 2010). He strikes out a lot, but also shows good patience at the plate. He has decent power, but it might not be enough for a major league corner outfielder. The best part of his game is probably his speed as he swiped 28 bases this year and 100 in his minor league career.