SAUGET, Ill.. – Gateway utility man Eric Jones didn’t need much time in Sauget to catch the attention of the bigs, as today the Grizzlies announce the Davidson College alum has signed with the Seattle Mariners. By putting pen to paper, Jones became the first Grizzlies player to sign with an MLB organization in 2021.
Jones made the most of his 10 games with Gateway, leaving the squad with a team-best .308 batting average and a pair of homers. He also played a whole host of positions defensively, including first base, third base and both corner outfield spots.
This marks Jones’ second journey into affiliated ball. The Charlotte native had previously signed with the Minnesota Twins as an undrafted free agent in 2019, playing in just five games for the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate before being released. He finished that year with the Utica Unicorns of the United Shore Professional Baseball League in Michigan, hitting .390 across 20 games while adding four longballs and 22 RBI.
The Grizzlies are in Marion today to start a three-game series over two days against the Southern Illinois Miners. The series opener is a doubleheader, with first pitch in game one at Rent One Park set for 6:05 p.m. You can listen live on YO Radio or watch on Frontier League TV starting with the Budweiser Pregame Show at 5:50 p.m.
Frontier League debuted in 1993 and is the largest of the Major League Baseball Partner Leagues, featuring teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. More information and the complete 2021 schedule can be found at frontierleague.com.