|Right fielder / First baseman|
June 21, 1981 |
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|May 15, 2007 for the Minnesota Twins|
(through 2013 season)
|Runs batted in||330|
Garrett Thomas Jones (born June 21, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the Minnesota Twins and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 14th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft. Jones started his pro career with the GCL Braves in 1999. Jones played for the Danville Braves in 2000 and 2001. In May 2002, Jones was released after three seasons in the Braves' minor league system.
Jones signed with the Minnesota Twins on May 24, 2002. In 2002, Jones played for the Quad Cities River Bandits. In 2003, Jones played for the Fort Myers Miracle. Jones split the 2004 season with Fort Myers and the New Britain Rock Cats. From 2005-2008, he played for the Rochester Red Wings, the Twins' AAA affiliate. On May 15, 2007, Jones made his major league debut, recording his first hit in the seventh inning, a single off Cleveland Indians pitcher Paul Byrd.
Jones appeared in 31 games with the Twins in 2007. Jones became a free agent at the end of the 2008 season.
Jones signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 16, 2008. He earned an invitation to Spring Training with the Pirates, but did not make the Pirates roster.
On June 30, 2009, Jones' contract was purchased by the Pirates, and he was called up to take the roster spot that was vacated when Eric Hinske was traded. On July 17, 2009, in a game against the San Francisco Giants, Jones hit a home run in the first inning off Tim Lincecum, then ended the game in the 14th inning with his second home run of the game, off Bob Howry, to give the Pirates a 2-1 walk-off win. After being called up to the Pirates MLB roster, Jones hit ten home runs in his first month with the club and was named the National League's Rookie of the Month for July 2009. Jones became the first to hit seven home runs in his first twelve games with the Pirates since Dino Restelli in the 1949 season. Jones's 10 home runs in July 2009 made him the first Pirate to hit 10 home runs in a month since Jason Bay in May 2006 and the first Pirate to hit 10 home runs in a July since Donn Clendenon in 1966.
On April 5, 2010, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jones hit two home runs in his first two at bats, becoming the sixth Pirate to hit two home runs on Opening Day. While the first was long into right field, landing in the Allegheny River, the second cleared the left field wall. On May 14 of that same year, Jones and Andrew McCutchen each collected five hits in the Pirates' 10-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs. It was the first time since 1970 that Pirate teammates had collected five hits in the same game; that year, Willie Stargell and Bob Robertson had accomplished this feat. He finished the 2010 season with 145 hits, 64 runs, 34 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs, 86 RBIs, 53 walks, 123 strikeouts, 7 stolen bases, .247 batting average, .306 OBP, and .414 slugging percentage in 592 at bats.
On November 25, 2013, Jones was designated for assignment. On December 2, he was non-tendered by Pittsburgh, becoming a free agent. He signed a two-year contract worth $7.5 million with the Miami Marlins the following week.
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- Twitter / Pirates: The #Pirates have non-tendered Michael McKenry, Garrett Jones & Kyle McPherson. The team has agreed on a 1yr contract with C Chris Stewart.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)