17 May

back in action

JaCoby Jones, the former Richton High star, has been reinstated from the 50-game drug of abuse suspension he received last fall. Jones is expected to be in the lineup tonight for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves in the Detroit system. Reports say he’ll see time this season at third base and center field in addition to shortstop. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Jones, rated the Tigers’ No. 8 prospect by mlb.com, batted .250 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 30 games for Erie in 2015 after a trade from Pittsburgh. Jones was hitting .280 in the Arizona Fall League when he was slapped with the suspension. Detroit invited him to big league spring training this year and he hit .313 with a pair of homers. He hit 23 homers in A-ball in 2014. P.S. Drug suspensions will probably end the career of former Hinds Community College standout Travious Relaford. Currently serving a 50-game suspension, he recently received an additional 100-game ban for a third drug of abuse violation. Relaford batted .237 at Class A Augusta in the San Francisco system in 2015, his fifth pro year.

Mike Christensen

Mike Christensen

A long-time sports fan and 30-year newspaper veteran muses on all things baseball in Mississippi. Contact: mwchristens@gmail.com
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