Getting to CHS Field

Saints Lose Leagues Top Pitcher, Spencer Jones, To Mexico

ST. PAUL, MN June 28, 2019

When you pitch as well as Spencer Jones has this season a number of teams will take notice.  Not all of them from the U.S.  After a dominant 7.0 inning performance on Wednesday night against the Texas AirHogs vaulted him to the top spot in ERA in the American Association one team came calling.  Jones is headed to the Mexican League with the Acereros de Monclova.


          The 24-year-old Jones is 1-0 with a 1.34 ERA in seven games (five starts).  In 33.2 innings pitched he walked 11 and struck out 29 while opponents hit .187 against him.  Jones leads the league in ERA and is the only pitcher in the league with a sub 2.00 ERA.  In Jones’ five starts he’s allowed no runs twice, one run once, two runs once and three runs once.  He hasn’t given up more than six hits in any game and has gone at least 5.0 innings in all five starts and at least 6.0 innings in his last three starts, including 7.0 in his last two.


Jones spent last season between High-A Charlotte and Double-A Montgomery in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.  He earned a spot on the mid-season All-Star roster with a stellar season in Charlotte where he went 4-2 with a 2.31 ERA and three saves in 26 games (one start).  In 46.2 innings pitched he walked just nine and fanned 33 while opponents hit .249 against him.  Jones proved to be durable over multiple innings with eight multi-inning scoreless appearances including a 4.0 inning shutout appearance on June 23 and a 3.0 inning shutout stint on July 16.  Jones was promoted to Montgomery on July 27 and went 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA in 10 games (two starts).  In 15.1 innings pitched he walked five and struck out seven while opponents hit .328 against him.


          Jones was a 10th round pick by the Rays out of the University of Washington in 2016 and spent the entire season with the Hudson Valley Renegades.  He went 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA and one save in 15 relief appearances. In 33.2 innings pitched he walked eight and struck out 36 while opponents hit .209 against him.  Jones struck out multiple batters in all 15 appearances and didn’t allow a run over five relief appearances (12.2 IP) from August 2-25.  He finished fifth in the New York-Penn League in most strikeouts per nine innings (9.62).  The Renegades made the playoffs and reached the Championship Series before losing two-games-to-none to State College.


          In 2017 Jones began the season at Single-A Bowling Green where he went 0-3 with a 2.72 ERA and four saves in 18 relief appearances.  In 36.1 innings pitched he walked 13 and struck out 44 while opponents hit .260 against him.  He once again proved dominant in multiple inning appearances tossing seven multi-inning scoreless outings.  On June 26 Jones was promoted to Charlotte and was dominant going 2-1 with a 1.71 ERA and one save in 18 relief appearances.  In 31.2 innings pitched he walked eight and struck out 30 while opponents hit a meager .173 against him.  He went 13.0 scoreless innings over eight relief appearances from July 17-August 10.


          The Saints also activated left-handed reliever Ken Frosch from the disabled list.  Frosch is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 18 relief appearances.  In 9.0 innings he has walked two and struck out 11 while opponents are hitting .372 against him.


          The Saints roster currently stands at 23, 12 pitchers and 11 position players.