Jones Hits Stride After Demotion
SAN FRANCISCO Chuckie Jones
was a star high school quarterback, but his love of baseball persuaded him to sign out of high school after the Giants took him in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.
Jones is still learning that while 3-for-10 might make a lousy completion percentage, it's just fine on the diamond.
"One of the biggest challenges for him this season was to just relax and take the pressure off," farm director Fred Stanley
said. "He wanted to do so well and show everybody he deserved to be where he was.
"Every pitch became Game Seven of the World Series."
Jones, 20, made his full-season debut for low Class A Augusta but stayed there for just 23 games after getting off to a .093 start with one home run and 44 strikeouts in 86 at-bats.
"If he swung and missed you could see it in his face," Stanley said. "It was like, 'Oh no, I'm letting people down.' It just got to him . . . So it became time for us to give him a little break and start a brand new season someplace."
Jones went back to extended spring and then to short-season Salem Keizer, where he played briefly in 2011 before needing an appendectomy, and Giants officials were pleased with the progress he made as a solid center fielder and power threat. He showed improved patience while hitting .242/.351/.373 with six homers and 13 doubles in 67 games.
The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder didn't play much on the showcase circuit in high school and might be catching up in terms of exposure to quality pitching, but he can turn around an above-average fastball and is a gifted defender who takes good routes and can run balls down in the gaps.
• Lefthander Chris Gloor and righthander Jacob Dunnington
will join top relief prospect Heath Hembree
on the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League. The Giants might have one more spot to fill and were looking at getting a special dispensation to send lefthander Dan Runzler
, who missed the better part of the season after aggravating a strained muscle in his back.
• First baseman Ricky Oropesa
will join AFL returnees Joe Panik
and Gary Brown
on Scottsdale's roster. Oropesa, a power hitter out of Southern California, hit .263/.338/.425 with 16 homers and 98 RBIs in his first full professional season at high Class A San Jose.