30 Titans in 30 Days: Rhett Jones
College: South Georgia College
Hometown: Columbus, Georgia
Last season Rhett Jones was a Torrington Titan for just a month, joining the club for the at the start of July before heading back to South Georgia College. The Columbus, Georgia native is back for another go this season and will be a member of the Titans pitching staff from the get-go after completing his sophomore season at South Georgia.
Added during the FCBL season in 2012, Jones provided the Titans and manager Mischa Dworkin with some flexibility. Jones appeared in six games with the Titans last season, including a pair of starts. He posted a record of 1-2 with a 4.69 ERA and allowed eight runs and 18 hits in 15 1/3 innings while recording six strikeouts and three walks.
While Jones has done it all, close, start, come on in relief, he wants the chance to start and he's likely to get it this summer for the Titans.
"I want to start, I've done that most of my career but I didn't get too much of a chance at that this season," Jones said. "I'd like to be a started but I have closed, set-up and been a reliever so I mainly just want to get some innings in and have people see my stuff."
The main pitch Jones wants to show off to scouts and coaches this summer is his knuckleball. Jones throws a hard knuckle ball, more like Toronto's R.A. Dickey than former Red Sox hurler Tim Wakefield. He's been working on the pitch and is eager to show his improved command of it.
"My personal goals are to develop my pitches and gain some velocity," Jones said. "I want to get noticed by someone with my knuckleball too."
This spring at South Georgia Jones went 3-2 in 18 games, including one start. He tossed 24 1/3 innings allowed 32 hits, 25 runs (17 earned) with 19 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Now that he is done with his two years at South Georgia College, Jones is focusing his attention on staying in pitching shape and choosing between Division I offers to play baseball. Georgia Southwestern Universit, Kennesaw State and Savannah State are all in the mix and Jones hopes to make a decision in the coming days.
After deciding on a college, Jones will then get ready to head back to Torrington, a place he knew he would pitch again not long after he left the team last season.
"They offered me a contract to come back just after I left last season and I am happy to be back," Jones said. "I got there late last year but I'll be there from the beginning this year and I want to help the team win games, we want to win a ring."