September 4, 2009 – Garrett Jones was signed by the Twins on May 24, 2002 after being released by the Atlanta Braves who had drafted Jones in the 14th round of the 1999 amateur draft. Garrett toiled in the Twins minor league system from 2002 to 2007 before he finally got that call to join the Twins. Jones made several trips between Rochester and Minnesota in 2007 but appeared in only 31 games hitting .208 in 77 at bats. During his time in Minnesota Jones hit 2 home runs and had 5 RBI’s. Jones spent all of the 2008 season in Rochester and became a free agent after the season ended. The Pittsburgh Pirates took a chance on Garrett Jones, signing him in December of 2008 and the rest as they say “is history”. Now there is talk of Garrett Jones becoming the National League Rookie of the Year, I think it is unlikely, but it would make for a great story wouldn’t it? Chuck Finder, of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote a nice piece on Garrett Jones recently and you can find it here.