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Jones Getting Acclimated to Pro Ball

Richard Jones (PHOTO/SCOTT MCDANIEL)

Lefty hitting Richard Jones was the first catcher selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 2009 draft this past June. Drafted in the ninth round from The Citadel, Jones made a name for himself with the bat early on, slugging seven home runs in 12 games in the Arizona Rookie League before being assigned to Class Low-A Boise of the Northwest League.

As an amateur, Jones led The Citadel in home runs and RBI this past season, batting .378 with 17 homers and 69 RBI in 59 games. Despite getting off to a slow start at Boise, the 21-year-old Jones has come alive recently. Through 26 games, he is batting .258 with one home run, five doubles and 14 RBI. Over his last 10 games, Jones has gone 14 for 40 for a .350 average. He's 19 for 59 in 16 games...

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