JaCoby Jones suspended 50 games for drug of abuse

Tigers infield prospect JaCoby Jones’ rise up the organizational ladder is halted. The shortstop received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Thursday after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.

The suspension includes the rest of Arizona Fall League, where Jones had been selected for Saturday’s Fall Stars Game showcasing the league’s top prospects. He had been removed from the Scottsdale Scorpions’ lineup earlier Thursday with what was characterized as an illness, according to the Detroit News. The remaining games in Scottsdale’s season (12, including Thursday) will count towards Jones’ suspension, leaving him to serve a 38-game suspension to begin next year.

The Tigers issued a statement in the wake of the suspension announcement:

“The Detroit Tigers recognize the suspension of JaCoby Jones for violating Minor League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game, and the ballclub continues to fully support this policy. The Tigers’ organization will provide no further comment on Jones’ suspension.”

The Tigers acquired Jones from Pittsburgh in the Joakim Soria trade July 30. He had a three-homer outburst in his third game for Double-A Erie on Aug. 2, and finished with a .250 average, six homers and 20 RBIs in 37 games for the SeaWolves. He finished the season as the Tigers’ 10th-ranked prospect according to MLB.com’s rankings.

For the year, the 23-year-old batted .257 with 25 doubles, 16 homers and 80 RBIs in 133 games across three stops, ending the season ranked 10th on MLB.com’s Tigers top prospect list. He won AFL Co-Player of the Week honors a couple weeks ago after following up a two-homer game with a 4-for-4 effort for the Scottsdale Scorpions, and entered Thursday batting .280 (14-for-50) with three walks and 17 strikeouts for the campaign.

Jones’ hitting and positional versatility might have given him a chance to land a spot in Major League camp for Spring Training.

The Arizona Fall League announced Thursday evening that Tigers outfield prospect Mike Gerber will replace Jones on the Fall Stars Games roster. The 23-year-old entered Thursday batting .298 (14-for-47) for Scottsdale with four doubles, two triples, a home run, 12 RBIs and a stolen base. He ranks 18th on MLB.com’s Tigers prospect rankings.


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I’m all for giving guys a second (and now third, I guess) chance, but Jones may find out soon that this doesn’t sit will in the Tigers organization. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on the trading block for some pitching after his suspension, if not sooner. Glad to see Gerber getting a chance in the Fall-Star Game, though. Great season in WM.

they’ve worked with Cabrera and Delmon Young through their alcohol-related problems and probably countless others through unreported substance abuse and domestic problems. they don’t have much invested in this player, so perhaps easier to part ways, but there’s a lot that happens behind the scenes that influences the decision.

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I find it hard to fathom how some athletes so close to securing their fortunes forever find themselves making such poor career decisions. It’s not like they are unaware of the consequeces or how often they and others are caught.
I am hoping JJ works out to be a TT type shortstop for us in spite of all this.

perhaps surprising it doesn’t happen more often. combine high internal and external pressure to perform, add narcissism and financial means (opportunity). professional athletes are in a milieu that favors the development of substance abuse.

Very true, especially the financial means and opportunity part.
Myself, I thought of Jones as a trade chip, but that’s been shot full of holes.

I see Hernan Perez was outrighted by the Brewers and is now a minor league FA.

he started well but couldn’t sustain it with Brewers.

“Jake Thompson could enter spring training stuck in the middle between the IronPigs and the Phillies. He will likely land an invite to major-league spring training, where a strong performance would push his cause to skip triple A and open the season with the Phillies.”

I hope Illitch will give Avila as much money and latitude to work with that he did with DD. Like it or not it is money that makes the professional athletic world go round. If Illitch wants to win he will not win on a thinly veiled austerity budget. He is going to have to fork out MORE than he ever has before in order to make the club (as it sits now) compete. Comparisons can be drawn to the Royals and other teams with smaller budgets but the player personnel committment that the Tigers have now will require some serious FA spending to resolve the gaping holes that need to be filled.
They can’t be filled with old, slow and average, but rather with prime-time multi tool players and top line pitching. This team cannot win with a Collins/Davis platoon in LF.
They cannot win without a shutdown proven closer and they cannot win with back of the rotation starters.
Open up your pocket book Mike because after this year this is a club that won’t be able to be “re-booted” any longer.

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