Tigers' prospect Jones activated from suspended list

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — JaCoby Jones, one of the Tigers top position prospects, has been activated from the suspended list and will play for Double A Erie.

Jones was suspended 50 games during the Arizona Fall League; he failed a test for a "drug of abuse."

He served some of the suspension during fall ball, and the rest this spring — after participating in camp with the Tigers, whom he impressed.

David Chadd, Tigers assistant general manager, told The News on Tuesday that the plan for Jones is to play some third base and center field.

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There will be less emphasis on shortstop, which he's played the majority of his three-year pro career.

"Quite frankly," said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, "I'm not sure what position he's better at, center or third.
"He's still young, he's still raw ... he certainly has a chance to be a pretty good player."

Jones, 24, was a third-round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013; the Tigers acquired him last summer, when they traded Joakim Soria.

Jones has been a .274/.335/.456 hitter in the minors, with some pop. He hit six homers in 37 games for Erie last season, and hit .313 with two home runs in 16 games this spring.

The failed drug test was the second for Jones, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder who this spring told reporters the incident was a "reality check."

Jones was to play third base Tuesday night for Erie against Harrisburg.


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