Our 2nd player announcement is the return of Davidson College junior catcher/3rd baseman Eric Jones. The 6’0; 190 pound Charlotte, NC native attended South Mecklenburg HS. In our historic 2017 VBL Championship season, Jones had 105 ABs; batted .333 with 35 hits, 22 RBIs; walked 15 times and only struck out 13; and had 8 doubles and 1 HR. He was named an All Star for the South Division in our Valley Baseball League.
For the Wildcats in 2017, Jones hit .322. In 245 at-bats, he had 79 hits; 9 doubles & 9 home runs. He also drove in 39 runs while scoring 42. His hit total was the 4th highest in the history of Davidson Baseball. He was named to the Atlantic 10 All Tournament team.
Tom Sox General Manager Jeff Burton had this to say about Eric: “Anyone who followed Davidson’s historic run to Super Regionals last year, or who saw Eric play during his first 3 weeks in Charlottesville, knows how he is capable of carrying a club offensively. He is a great team player; a committed student athlete; and a wonderful addition to our 2018 club. We are lucky to get him back.”
Head Coach Corey Hunt had this to say about Jones’ return: “Eric had a season to remember last year with Davidson, and didn’t skip a beat when he got to Charlottesville. His swing is unorthodox, but he gets the job done and then some at the plate. We look forward to having his bat back in the lineup and seeing him make plays both behind the plate and over at 3rd base.”
Jones will be doing an internship in finance while here in 2018. He is the son of Brad and Kim Jones and is an Economics major. Jones has three younger siblings, Kristen, Julianna and Richard. His grandfather, Bob Jones, played professional baseball with the San Francisco Giants. Uncle Bryan Jones was an ACC Player of the Year and All American at UNC in tennis.
Welcome back, Eric Jones!