The San Francisco Giants have demoted infielder Ryder Jones from the Augusta GreenJackets to the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. This will be the second of two 2013 draft picks to be transferred from Augusta to Salem-Keizer, with the first being last year's first-round selection Christian Arroyo.
Jones, who was drafted in the second round, 64th overall, in June of 2013, began the year on a positive note, including a power surging month of May where he clubbed five home runs and five doubles in 97 plate appearances — good enough for a .511 slugging percentage. But Jones' numbers have fallen off significantly since as he has hit just .177 in the last two months, including a month of July where he hit .131 and slugged only .202.
The move comes at an interesting time, considering the team has just two months remaining in the schedule.
"It seems like odd timing considering where we are in the season," said GreenJackets beat writer David Lee, "especially for someone of his prospect stature. He shows ability to adjust at the plate, especially for his age. Sometimes you have to let kids ride it out, I think."
Jones will join fellow 2013 draftee Arroyo, who was moved to Salem-Keizer on June 20 after missing more than a month with a hyperextended thumb. Jones will look to replicate Arroyo's success since beginning play at a lower level as the Florida native has posted a .311/.364/.407 line since entering the Volcanoes' lineup.
Third baseman Sam Mende, a minor leaguer released by the Colorado Rockies on June 25, was picked up by the Giants and transferred to Salem-Keizer on July 11. He has already joined Augusta and will replace Jones on the GreenJackets' roster.