- CF, OF, LF, RF
- August 1, 1985
- 6' 2"
- 215 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 7-14-2006 with SEA
- Allstar Selections:
- 2009 GG
Jones was born in San Diego, California, the son of Andrea, who raised Adam and his older siblings alone until he was five. As a child, Adam excelled at both football and basketball and did not pick up a baseball bat until he was twelve. In 1997 his stepfather, Kenneth, took him to a Padres game after which, he started to gain an interest in the sport. He picked up the sport very quickly and went on to star on his high school team at Morse. Adam graduated in 2003 after leading his high school team as both a pitcher and a shortstop. During his senior season he batted .406, hit four home runs and batted in 27 runs. On the mound, Jones posted a record of three wins and three losses, while posting a 2.71 ERA.
Draft and Debut
Adam Jones made his major league debut in 2006. On July 12, he was called up to the Mariners to replace the injured Jeremy Reed. On August 10, 2006, he hit his first major league home run against Adam Eaton of the Texas Rangers.
After breaking into the majors prior to turning 21, he spent three years with the Seattle Mariners and had a breakthrough year with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009.
Jones was the first selection of the Mariners in the 2003 amateur draft. The 37th overall pick, he was compensation for the club's failure to sign 2002 first-rounder John Mayberry Jr.. He had hit .348 as a high school senior and signed for a bonus of $925,000. A shortstop and pitcher in high school, he played solely shortstop in the minors that year.Most experts believed Seattle wanted to use him as a pitcher, but Jones said he would prefer to play every day and was made the shortstop of the Mariners' rookie league affiliate. A few years later when the Mariners acquired Yuniesky Betancourt, they asked Jones if he would move to the outfield and he agreed. Jones hit .284/.368/.349 for the AZL Mariners and .462/.467/.538 in three games for the Everett Aqua Sox. He was picked as the 8th-best prospect in the Arizona League by Baseball America.
In 2004, the 18-year-old Jones hit .267/.314/.404 for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, striking out 124 times and fielded .943 at short with 32 errors. He was selected the #13 prospect in the Midwest League. For 2005, Jones hit .295/.374/.494 for the Inland Empire 66ers and .298/.365/.461 for the San Antonio Missions. Overall, he hit 15 homers and struck out 112 times. As one of the youngest players at the level, he was rated the #9 prospect in the California League and 14th overall in the Texas League. He was picked as Seattle's minor leaguer of the year.
Jones batted .277/.320/.472 for the Tacoma Rainiers in 2006, moving to the outfield, and on July 14 was called up to the Mariners. He was rated as the Pacific Coast League's #8 prospect by Baseball America, between Chris Young and Jason Hirsh. He popped up against Casey Janssen in his MLB debut and went 0 for 3 with a walk and a time caught stealing. He began his career in The Show 0 for 12 before a single off of Sidney Ponson for his first MLB hit. Jones hit .216/.237/.311 in 32 games for the 2006 Mariners.
Jones made the PCL All-Star team in 2007, joining Delwyn Young and Rick Ankiel in the outfield. He hit .314/.382/.586 for Tacoma and was named The Mariners Minor League Player of the Year. He led Seattle farmhands in average and slugging. He was rated as the best defensive outfielder and having the best outfield arm in the PCL according to Baseball America. They ranked him as the PCL's #2 prospect, behind only Yovani Gallardo and right ahead of Billy Butler, Andy LaRoche and Ian Stewart.
With the 2007 Mariners, Jones batted .246/.300/.400 in 41 contests.
After the season, Jones was the centerpiece in a package including George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio that Seattle sent to the Baltimore Orioles for Erik Bedard.
In the first half of the 2009 season, Jones played great, placing in the top ten in the 2009 American League in many offensive categories. He was named the Orioles' representative in the 2009 All-Star Game. In November, he was awarded a Gold Glove for his defensive play.
Jones finished his third season in Baltimore with a .284 batting average, 19 homers, 69 RBI and 7 stolen bases. He led all center fielders and was second in the majors in outfield assists with 12.