First baseman Michael Jones, who was with the Jackals in spring training in 2010 prior to having his contract purchased by the Atlanta Braves on May 20, returns to New Jersey for his seventh professional season in 2011.
Jones spent 2010 with the Advanced-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans, where he batted .282 with five home runs in 97 games. Prior to joining the Braves, Jones spent his first five seasons in the Boston Red Sox system. Jones, who hails from Moreno Valley, Calif., spent 2009 with the Advanced-A Salem Red Sox, where his .283 batting average was good for ninth-best in the Advanced-A Carolina League. During his rookie season in 2006, Jones clubbed a career-high nine home runs, the second-most in the Gulf Coast League.
A former 25th round pick by the Red Sox in 2004, Jones played college baseball at Arizona Western College prior to being drafted as an outfielder. Entering 2011, Jones is a career .296 hitter with 38 home runs and 109 doubles over six seasons.