The Los Angeles Angels promoted left-handed pitcher Chris Jones to the major league roster yesterday. A relative unknown as a prospect, he was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles at the end of spring training in an exchange of farmhands, the Orioles receiving outfielder Natanael Delgado and infielder Erick Salcedo.
Jones is a 6-2, 205 pound lefty born September 19, 1988. He spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons in Triple-A, pitching well as both a starter and reliever for Norfolk. Originally drafted in the 15th round by the Cleveland Indians from a Tampa high school back in 2007, he posted a 2.94 ERA with a 105/29 K/BB in 150 innings in Triple-A last season. This year he was less impressive with Triple-A Salt Lake, posting a 6.32 ERA in nine starts with a 31/14 K/BB in 47 innings, allowing an ugly 62 hits.
That's the Pacific Coast League though; he pitched effectively in six of nine starts but was hit hard enough in the other three to blow up his overall numbers.
Jones doesn't offer hot stuff, his fastball in the 87-89 range. He has a decent curveball, a slider, a change-up and his deceptive delivery could make him a useful bullpen option against left-handed batters.