LIU’s James Jones Selected by Seattle Mariners in MLB Draft
by Grace Carmen
Jun 17, 2009 | 4241 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Long Island University’s James Jones had a stellar season with the Blackbirds, as well as a career for the record books. But the most exciting part of Jones’ career came only a few days ago, as the Seattle Mariners drafted him with the second pick in the fourth round on June 10th. The 113th overall selection makes Jones the highest draft pick ever to come out of LIU, another accolade to add to the talented fielder’s list.

The biggest question before the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was not “Will he be drafted?” but rather “What position will he be playing professionally?” The multifaceted baseball talent was drafted as an outfielder by the Mariners, but has also received a lot of attention for his abilities on the mound. He has struck out 172 batters in his career, eighth on LIU’s all-time list.

This year for the Blackbirds Jones made first-team All-Northeast Conference, batting .364 with 32 RBIs and nine home runs, the most on the team. The 6-foot-3, left-handed Brooklyn native stole a career-high 20 bases, making his 47 career steals good enough to hold the LIU record. His 63 hits earn him sixth place in the books, while his 47 runs place fourth.

He singled, doubled twice, tripled, and hit a two-run homer in a single game for the win on April 17 at Sacred Heart. His efforts earned him NEC Co-Player of the Week and College Baseball Insider Northeast Region Player of the Week. The College Baseball Hall of Fame even requested a pair of his batting gloves to showcase for the stellar performance.

Jones says he is “very excited and can’t wait to get working,” according to LIU’s website. “The Mariners are a great organization and I’m eager to get out there and play. I want to thank God for giving me this opportunity to play pro ball.”

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