Adam Jones, Center Field, Baltimore Orioles, #10
Date of Birth: 8/1/1985
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Adam Jones, center fielder for the Baltimore Orioles, started his major league career as a shortstop with the Seattle Mariners in 2006. Later, he was moved to the outfield. Jones played two partial seasons with the Mariners before he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 2008 season. In his first year with Baltimore, Jones played in 132 games and finished the season with a .270 batting average, with 9 home runs, 21 doubles and 7 triples. He also had 10 stolen bases.
Jones, known for his fielding, won Gold Gloves in 2009, 2012, and 2013. In 2013, he won his first Silver Slugger award in what may have been his best batting season so far. That year, he had a career high of 186 hits (same as 2012), 35 doubles, a career high of 33 home runs, a career high of 108 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, and a .285 batting average.
Jones was rewarded by Baltimore for his fielding and batting accomplishments in 2012 with a six-year, $85.5 million contract extension. He had another strong season in 2014, finishing with 181 hits, 30 doubles, 29 home runs, 96 RBIs, and a .281 batting average in 159 games. In the postseason, he had 6 hits, including 1 home run, 1 stolen base, and 3 RBIs in 27 at-bats in 7 games.
Jones won his fourth Gold Glove in 2014. In 155 games as a center fielder, he had a .984 fielding percentage with 374 putouts and 6 errors.
In 2016, Jones batted .265 with 164 hits, 19 doubles, 29 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 115 strikeouts to 39 walks. Defensively, as a center fielder, he made 349 putouts and 2 errors in 152 games and he had a .994 fielding percentage.
Jones had another good year in 2017, finishing with a batting average of .285 in 147 games. He had 28 doubles, 26 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 113 strikeouts to 27 walks. Defensively, as a center fielder, he made 331 putouts and 5 errors in 147 games. He had a .985 fielding percentage.
Career batting statistics for Jones through 2017 include:
- 1,541 games played
- 1,650 hits
- 276 doubles
- 251 home runs
- 88 stolen bases
- 815 RBIs
- 1,201 strikeouts to 285 walks
- .278 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Jones as a center fielder through 2017 include:
- 1,483 games played
- 3,725 putouts
- 53 errors
- .986 fielding percentage
Jones has worked with the Y of Central Maryland, helping to raise funds to send disadvantaged youth to summer camp.
Jones married his wife Audie in December, 2014.