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.