Jones, the son-in-law of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, begins his tenth season of professional baseball in 2011 and his fourth stint in the Atlantic League. Last season, the Cleveland native hit .296 and set career highs with 28 doubles, five triples, 80 runs and 40 stolen bases in 135 games with the Newark Bears.
Jones started the 2009 season with the York Revolution and put together a .271 average with 85 hits, 46 runs and 21 RBI for the Revolution before being traded to the Bears, appearing in the teams’ final 15 games.
The 29-year-old was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 3rd Round (85th overall) of the 2002 amateur entry draft. He spent five seasons in the Padres organization, peaking with Triple-A Portland of the Pacific Coast League in 2005 and 2006. The former Indiana Hoosier had a career season in 2008 with the Revolution. He finished the year with a .333 average, fourth best in the league, and recorded a perfect day at the plate on June 30th , going 6-for-6, including a three-run walk-off home run, which was a team first.