Pirates shortstop JaCoby Jones continues to rake. And he's been doing most of his damage at NewBridge Bank Park.
Jones went 4-for-5 with a career-high two homers and a double in the Class A West Virginia Power's 9-6 loss to the host Grasshoppers on Sunday. That gives Pittsburgh's No. 15 prospect four homers in three days during his current road trip through Greensboro and five long balls in his past six games.
Seven of Jones' 13 dingers have been against the Grasshoppers -- all on the road -- and he's batting .317 against the club compared to .275 against the rest of the league. His other six homers have been against six different South Atlantic League clubs.
After grounding out to third base in the first inning, Jones went deep to left field to begin the third before slugging another round-tripper to straight-away center field to lead off the fifth. The third-round 2013 Draft selection out of Louisiana State University doubled to center field in the seventh and then singled to left with one out in the ninth.
The South Atlantic League is considered a relatively neutral league in terms of offensive production, but the Grasshoppers' home field ranks among the most hitter-friendly ballparks when it comes to homers. At least part of that can be attributed to the fact that it's just 315 feet down the left-field line and 312 feet down the first-base line.
His four hits marked a season high and tied his personal best. He was 4-for-5 with three runs scored in short-season Jamestown's 14-1 rout of Auburn exactly one year ago.
Originally selected by the Astros in the 19th round of the 2010 Draft, Jones lifted his average to .284 with the performance, his third consecutive multi-hit game.
The Pirates have experimented a little with Jones over the past year. He saw time in center field and at shortstop with Jamestown last year before a knee injury ended his season. And while he's been kept at short so far this season, he's batted anywhere from second to sixth in the Power lineup.
Greensboro's Sean Donatello (3-0) earned the win after working around two hits in the ninth. Austin Dean, Miami's 18th-ranked prospect, hit a three-run walk-off homer and Yefri Perez was 3-for-5 went three runs scored.