Tigers' JaCoby Jones, collects two hits in Arizona Fall League opener
The Arizona Fall League started Tuesday.
Seven Tigers prospects are participating in the off-season league for the Salt River Rafters.
Among them are a few notable names, including JaCoby Jones, who could play his way onto the big league roster after spring training.
Jones, 24, was called up to the Detroit Tigers in September after hitting .257 between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo, with seven total home runs and 13 stolen bases.
Jones is the organization’s priority player, guaranteeing him plenty of playing time.
He will be joined on the Rafters by leftfielder Christin Stewart, who recently was named the Tigers’ minor league offensive player of the year. Stewart, the team’s second-round draft pick in 2015, hit .255 with 30 home runs between Class A Lakeland and Erie this season.
In the AFL opener Tuesday against Peoria, Jones hit cleanup and started in centerfield and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a stolen base and a run scored as the teams tied after 10 innings. Stewart was placed eighth in left and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Offensively, Jones and Stewart will be joined by catcher Grayson Greiner.
On the mound, four right-handers will pitch, including reliever Adam Ravenelle, who had an inconsistent season in 2016. With Lakeland, he posted a 2.86 ERA in 23 games. After getting a promotion to Erie, he posted a 4.85 ERA in 27 games. Ravenelle is a hard thrower with high upside in relief.
Ravenelle pitched the ninth inning a Tuesday's tied game. He recorded two line outs and a ground out.
Joining him is Spencer Turnbull, Artie Lewicki and Jeff Thompson, who pitched the inning before Ravenelle, allowing a hit and got a strikeout in his lone inning of work.
The Arizona Fall League lasts through mid-November.