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Simplicity Has Been Key for Garrett Jones This Season

Simplicity Has Been Key for Garrett Jones This Season

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All eyes have been on Andrew McCutchen's MVP season this year with Pittsburgh. And he's worthy of it. The center fielder has put up impressive numbers this season, but because of all the attention on McCutchen, perhaps another Pirates player that's been having a career season has been overlooked.

Garrett Jones has put together a solid season so far with the Pirates. His average is up, hitting for a .292 clip after going 1-for-3 with a RBI and a walk in Wednesday's series win over Houston. That's just one point below the .293 average that Jones finished with in his impressive half season with Pittsburgh the first year he spent with the Pirates in 2009.

But Jones is not only hitting for average, he's showing off his incredible power. Jones has the ability to change the game with one swing of the bat, and the 30-year-old has belted a career-high 23 long balls, which has surpassed his previous record of 21 he had in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010.

His...

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