11 Jul

dynamic duo

The Pittsburgh Pirates plucked a pair of Mississippi-connected players in the early rounds of last month’s draft – and they’ve got to be pleased as punch with the early production. Richton native and former Mr. Baseball JaCoby Jones (third round out of LSU) and Mississippi State product Adam Frazier (sixth round) are the top two hitters for the Jamestown Jammers of the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. Jones, having shifted from infield to center field, hit his first pro home run on Wednesday and is batting .406 with eight RBIs in seven games. Frazier, playing shortstop as he did at State, is hitting .375 with five RBIs in seven games. … Through six games in the rookie Arizona League, Cleveland draftee Silento Sayles, who set the national prep stolen base record at Port Gibson, has yet to get a bag. P.S. The numbers were .293, 40 doubles, 19 homers and 105 RBIs. Jeff Francoeur put up that impressive line with the Atlanta Braves in 2007. And the former Mississippi Braves star has been searching for that stroke virtually ever since. He is 2-for-8 with an RBI and two strikeouts in two games at Triple-A Fresno, where San Francisco sent him after he signed earlier this week. When will Frenchy get back to The Show? “Sooner the better,” he told the Fresno Bee. The Giants do need some outfield help. Maybe, just maybe, Francoeur still has some 2007 magic in his bat.

08 Jul

flashing potential

On his best day, Jarrod Dyson can fill up a box score. Take last Saturday, for instance. The dash-fast outfielder from McComb went 3-for-3, drew a walk, score