Jones was added to the Phillies' 40-man roster Friday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports. Jones rapidly progressed through the minor-league ranks in 2019, and he was part of the team's 60-man roster in 2020. The southpaw will be protected from the Rule 5 draft, but he'll likely have to demonstrate more production against higher-level talent before debuting in the big leagues.
Jones will be part of the Phillies' 60-man roster. Jones, who is not on the 40-man roster, received an invite to spring training this year but was sent back to minor-league camp after three scoreless frames. The 25-year-old quickly advanced through the organization in 2019, but struggled a bit at the Triple-A level, posting a 6.62 ERA in eight appearances. He'll again compete for a back-end bullpen role in camp.
Jones posted a 5:2 K:BB in his three scoreless Grapefruit League innings before getting sent to minor-league camp in early March. The Phillies didn't give Jones a particularly long look this spring, which makes sense, as his 6.62 ERA in eight Triple-A starts last season suggests he still has some work to do before pushing for a roster spot. In 23 starts across the three highest levels of the minors last season, Jones recorded a 2.91 ERA and a 32.3 percent strikeout rate, though he also walked 12.6 percent of opposing batters.
Jones was invited to the Phillies' big-league camp Monday. Jones posted an excellent 1.34 ERA and a 38.1 percent strikeout rate in 15 starts with High-A Clearwater and Double-A Reading last season. He stumbled in eight starts at Triple-A Lehigh Valley to end the year, however, recording a 6.62 ERA and a 20.9 percent strikeout rate. He'll need to conquer that level before he'll be considered for his big-league debut, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see that come at some point this season.
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