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Postby SuptownSpartans34 » Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:15 pm

The Twins acquired him and only him in the big trade at the deadline last year, does anyone know anything about him?
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Postby so0perspam » Mon Jan 03, 2005 11:17 pm

PITCHING PROSPECT JONES JOINS SWING ROSTER

LHP Justin Jones was acquired from Cubs in Garciaparra trade; Mauer heads to DL, Prunty released

The Minnesota Twins Monday made several moves to the Swing of the Quad Cities pitching staff as the Swing enter the final month of the Midwest League season. The Twins sent lefthander Justin Jones, acquired by the Twins from the Chicago Cubs this weekend, to the Swing. Also, righthander Billy Mauer was placed on the disabled list, and righthander TJ Prunty was released from his contract.

Jones, a 6-4, 195-pounder from Virginia Beach, Virginia, joins the Swing after spending the first part of the season with the Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League. While pitching for Lansing, the 19-year-old southpaw has gone 3-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 14 starts, striking out 59 in 64.1 innings. He went 3-5 but posted a 2.28 ERA in 16 starts for the Lugnuts in 2003, striking out 87 in 71 innings.

Jones will likely make his Swing debut Friday against the South Bend Silver Hawks. Jones is the second highly-touted prospect to join the Swing pitching staff in the last two weeks. Lefthander Glen Perkins, a first-round pick of the Twins in the 2004 draft, joined the club at the end of July and will make his John O’Donnell Stadium debut on Tuesday night against Beloit.

Jones was originally selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 2002 draft, out of Floyd E. Kellam High School in Virginia Beach. Prior to the 2004 season, he was ranked as the second-best prospect in the Cubs organization by Baseball America. He was acquired by the Twins as part of the trade that sent Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday afternoon. The Twins sent first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to the Boston Red Sox in the four-team trade, and received Jones from the Cubs.
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Postby SuptownSpartans34 » Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:23 pm

Thanks spam, even if it is from a while ago, your not going to find much else on him.
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Postby warrick95 » Tue Jan 04, 2005 11:20 pm

Here's a little tidbit I wrote on him as analysis for the deadline deals...I never posted this anywhere, forgot...but here goes:

Justin Jones is a nice pickup, considering the price paid. One of the better left handed starting prospects in the Cubs’ farm system, Jones has battled injuries throughout his career, after being selected in the 2nd round of the 2002 Amateur Draft. 66 Ks through 71 IP, along with an ERA at 4.06 isn’t too imposing, but scouts love his live low-90s fastball and curveball. Stats may not tell the entire story with this youngster. He also posted a very respectable 2.28 ERA and 87 punchouts in 71 innings of work at A-ball last season. I like this trade for the Twins, because they get rid of an extra piece, while gaining a very developable young pitcher, who may have the stuff to front the rotation, if he can stay on the mound long enough to do so.




In short...high reward, good raw ability, needs to stay healthy though. Size is good.
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