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Nathan Andrew Jones

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Nate Jones made his debut with the Chicago White Sox on April 8, 2012, after making the opening day roster out of spring training.

Jones was drafted by the White Sox in the 5th round of the 2007 amateur draft out of Northern Kentucky University, between two other future big leaguers, Andrew Romine and Andrew Carignan. He was the 5th of 6 straight pitchers Chicago took to open the 2007 draft. He had fanned 60 in 56 1/3 IP as a college junior, allowing a .185 average and 2.88 ERA. The scouts were Mike Shirley and Michael Wilder.

Jones made his pro debut with the 2007 Bristol Sox, going 0-4 with a 5.13 ERA. He walked 29 and threw 11 wild pitches in 47 1/3 IP. He tied for second in the Appalachian League in wild pitches and tied David Peralta for fourth in walks issued. In 2008, the tall right-hander struggled with the Kannapolis Intimidators (1-7, 6.83, 35 BB in 56 2/3 IP), Bristol (4 R, 1 ER in 6 2/3 IP, 1-0) and Winston-Salem Warthogs (1 R in 2 2/3 IP). Baseball America rated him as having the best curveball in the ChiSox system.

Jones showed progress in 2009 with Kannapolis (2-0, Sv, 2.41, 25 K, 8 H in 18 2/3 IP) and the Winston-Salem Dash (2-1, 3.65 in 32 G). Baseball America again said he had the best curveball of a Pale Hose minor leaguer. Spending all of 2010 with the Dash, he was 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA. He led the Carolina League with 152 1/3 IP, tied J.J. Hoover and T.J. McFarland for second in wins (one behind Joe Gardner) and was 5th in whiffs (109, trailing Randall Delgado, Hoover, Brad Peacock and Buddy Baumann). He was once again rated as possessing the top curveball in the Chicago White Sox minor leagues.

In 2011, Jones returned to the bullpen with the Birmingham Barons. He went 2-3 with 12 saves and a 3.27 ERA, striking out 67 in 63 1/3 innings. For the Indios de Mayaguez that winter, he was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 16 K in 14 2/3 IP.

In his MLB debut, he relieved Will Ohman in the bottom of the 7th with a 5-0 deficit against the Rangers. He walked his first two batters, Mitch Moreland and Ian Kinsler, but got Elvis Andrus to hit into a double play then whiffed Josh Hamilton. Jesse Crain relieved in the 8th. Jones became the 4th major leaguer from Northern Kentucky University, following Chris Hook, Scott Wiggins and Josh Lueke, all fellow pitchers.

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