Garrett Jones debuted in Pittsburgh on July 1,2009.
The "Burgh" roared with cheers for Jones as he played in nearly every game thereafter.
In his first month, he smacked 10 home runs and received the NL rookie of the month honors. Those homers also led baseball for the month of July.
The last time a Pirate posted more home runs than anyone in the majors in a calendar month was Willie Stargell in 1971. Now that's good company.
Jones didn't stop there. He finished the year with 21 homers and a monster HR average of 6.68 percent. Comparatively, in Albert Pujols's rookie year, he posted a 6.27 percent HR average.
Fun fact: In Mickey Mantle's rookie year, he posted a 3.81 percent HR average. Noted that at Mantle's peak he was hitting a HR every 10 AB's (10.5 percent).
Jones finished seventh in rookie of the year voting, but had he played the entire year, it is very likely he could have won the award. Most players improve after their rookie season; however, many believe Garrett will not do as well this year. It's the curse of playing for the Pirates. If he would have had last year's numbers with the Yanks, Angels, Boston, or the Phillies, everyone would believe improvement is possible.
2010 Projected Stats
HR - 41 (590 x 6.95%)
AVG - .285
RBI - 94
Steals - 21 (.390 OBP x 590 AB x 9% SB%)
Potential 2010 All-Star