The third edition of the Volcanoes Alumnus of the Week presented by Salem-Keizer McDonald's highlights San Jose Giants outfielder, Chuckie Jones.
This past week, the 21-year old demonstrated his offensive potential to the minor league baseball world.
On July 1, Jones reached base in four out of his five plate appearances, including two hits and a run driven in. The following day, Jones exploded at the plate with four hits, including a pair of doubles and a stolen base.
Later in the week, Jones had another multi-double day, giving him nine hits and four extra base hits in a span of six games.
Jones joined Salem-Keizer in 2011 as an 18-year old, and played in 108 games with the Volcanoes between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In those two seasons, he scored a total of 61 runs and drove in 40. His 6'3, 235-pound presence helped him draw 52 walks.
This season, Jones is playing with the Advanced A San Jose Giants. In his 79 games with San Jose, Jones has blasted seven home runs, 15 doubles and four triples to go along with his .263 batting average. He has driven in 40, and crossed the plate 48 times.
Before we see Jones playing in the Major Leagues, he will need to develop better control of the strike zone and make contact more consistently. At just 21 years of age, he has a lot of room to grow.
Stay tuned for future Volcanoes Alumnus Player of the Week articles, presented by Salem-Keizer McDonald's, featured every Wednesday on the Volcanoes website and through Volcanoes social media.