James Steven Jones…married Jasmine Carter on 1/16/16 and the couple has a son, Nehemiah (2)…graduated from High School of Telecommunications (Brooklyn, NY) in 2006…attended Long Island University, 2007-09…ranked 65th in Baseball America's list of all draft prospects in 2009, including 30th among college players… earned first team All Northeast Conference, 2007-09…pitched and also played at both 1st base and in the outfield…selected by Seattle in the 4th round of the 2009 June draft…signed by SEA scout David May.
Combined to go 2-1 with 2 saves, setting career bests with a 2.67 ERA and 1.156 WHIP figure over 45 appearances with Frisco (AA) and Nashville (AAA)…was selected for the Texas League All-Star Game, pitching a scoreless 7th inning for victorious South squad on 6/25 in Tulsa…opponents slashed just .196/.307/.316/.622, including a .163 BA (15-92) by lefthanded batters…final 31 G beg. 5/22: 1.40 ERA (7 ER/45.0 IP), .502 opp. OPS…averaged 10.0 SO/9 for the year…spent bulk of year with Frisco before transfer to Nashville on 8/16…ranked 2nd on Frisco staff with 40 G…pitched in 25 G for Licey in the Dominican Winter League in Oct./Nov./Dec., posting a 1.50 ERA (2 ER/12.0 IP) with 12 SO.
Appeared in 108 games, making 72 starts (CF-69,RF-2, LF-1), hitting .250 (78x312) with 46 runs, 9 doubles, 5 triples, 9 RBI & 27 steals... Had four stints withthe Mariners (April 16-19, May5-Aug. 1, Aug. 11-17 & Aug. 29-endof season)... Stole 27 bases, thesecond-highest total by a Marinersrookie in club history behind Ichiro (56 in 2001)…ranked T9th overall in AL in steals... Hit .295 (59x200) with 33 runs, 6 doubles, 4 triples, 8 RBI & 17 steals in hisﬁrst 56 games (April 18-July 1); hit .170 (19x112) with 13 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 RBIand 10 steals in his ﬁnal 52 games... 27 stolen bases ranked 2nd amongst rookies (Billy Hamilton - 56) inthe Majors and his 96.4% success rate was the best... His 96.4% stolen base success rate is the 2nd-best by a rookie since1970 (Quintin Berry, 21-for-21 in 2012 with DET)…was 27-for-28 (96.4%) stealing bases,leading the Majors in stolen base percentage…among Mariners with at least 20 SB in aseason, SB% goes into the record books as the best in club history just ahead of Ichiroin 2006 (45-for-47, 95.7%)... Amongst American League rookies (min. 250 PA), ranks 1st in stolenbases (27), 11th in average (.250), 7th in runs (46) and 9th in hits (78)... Set a club record with hits in his ﬁrst 15 Major League starts... Set career-highs with four hits and three stolen bases on June 30 atHouston; just the second time in club history a player has had 4+ hits and 3+ stolen basesin the same game; his 3 steals in that game tied a single-game club record for rookies... Had a season/career-high 14-game hitting streak May 9-24, hitting .288(15x52) with 10 runs, 4 doubles, 2 triples and 1 RBI; the streak was also the longest by a Mariners player in 2014... Had 10 steals in a 14-game span June 16-30 including three multi-stealgames (including two 3-steal games)... Made his Major League debut on April 18 at Miami, entering as a defensivereplacement in right ﬁeld and singling in his only at-bat... Triple-A Tacoma: Hit .282 (44x156) with 24 runs, 6 doubles, 3 triples, 2 home runs, 15 RBI and 7 steals in 37 games.
Spent the majority of the season with Jackson, but also appeared in 4 games with Tacoma (8/30-9/2). Led the Southern League with 10 triples, one short of the Jackson franchise record. Hit 2 home runs on June 22 vs. Mobile (3x4, 2 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI), including an inside-thepark home run; first inside-the-park home run by a Generals player since Jake Shaffer (5/6/2011 vs. Birmingham). Hit .358 (38x106) with 11 extra-base hits and 41 RBI with runners in scoring position. Played in the Southern League midseason All-Star Game. On the disabled list with a left triceps strain, Aug. 2-26.