Detroit Tigers newly appointed rookie centerfielder JaCoby Jones has already made some nice in his first career Opening Day.
In the top of the second inning with runners on the corners and one out, Jones stepped to the plate. The 24-year old fought back from down 0-2 and cranked the seventh pitch from Jose Quintana, a curveball, 366 ft into the bullpen in left. The three run shot got the Tigers scoring started.
Jones was acquired from the Pirates at the 2015 trade deadline. He showed some power in the minor leagues, hitting 47 homers over four minor league seasons. He was called-up last season and had six hits in 28 at-bats, three of which were doubles.
Jones had a huge spring this season, and named the starting centerfielder to begin the 2017 season. With the home run today, he became the first Tigers rookie to homer on Opening Day since Kirk Gibson did so in 1980.