Hard-throwing junior righty from nearby Eupora, Miss., seasoned with 52 career innings pitched, fourth-most on the staff • Has registered 44 strikeouts in 32 career appearances, seven as a starter, with two wins, a save and an 8.65 earned run average • One of 14 current Bulldogs who have earned SEC Academic Honor Roll status during their career.
Took the hill in 22 games, 20 in a relief role • Posted a 2-4 record with a save and an 8.16 earned run average • Registered 29 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched • Earned the win with an inning of scoreless relief in a 6-5 decision over UAB (Feb. 23) • Also picked up a mid-season win with 1.1 scoreless innings of relief against Georgia (Mar. 26) • Fanned a season-high four batters in that 9-8 State win • Drew a pair of sophomore season starts, working a season-most 4.1 innings at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (Mar. 14) and 2.2 innings on the road against defending NCAA champ LSU (May 21) • Appeared in 11 SEC games, making one start (at LSU) and finishing with a 1-3 record with a 10.57 ERA in 14.1 innings of pitching • Posted a 2-2 mark pitching for the Bourne Braves last summer in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League.
Made 10 mound appearances, five of those outings in a starting role • One of five true freshmen (four pitchers) to compete for the Bulldogs in 2009 • Compiled an 0-4 record with a 9.26 earned run average and 15 strikeouts in 23.1 innings pitched • Made his collegiate debut with a start against Northern Illinois (Feb. 21), working 4.0 innings against the Huskies • Also drew starts against SEC foes South Carolina (Mar. 15), at Arkansas (Mar. 27), at Ole Miss (May 10) and LSU (May 16) • Worked a career-longest 5.2 innings and fanned a season-high six batters in the start against Ole Miss • Missed a month of the season after sustaining a midseason hand injury • Drew starts in four of the six SEC games (13.0 IP) in which he appeared • Among five Bulldog rookies named to the 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll • Played summer league baseball with Danbury (Conn.) Westerners in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, posting a 3-1 record with a save, a 2.79 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 29.0 innings • Baseball America's pick as the top prospect in the NECL.
A five-year regular in the lineup as a pitcher and outfielder at Eupora High School • Coached by Lee Berryhill • Led the Eagles with a .490 batting average and posted a 2-7 mark with two saves, a 1.57 earned run average and registered a staff-best 86 strikeouts in 49 innings of mound duty • Earned first-team all-state and Jackson Clarion-Ledger "Dandy Dozen" honors in 2008 • Also named to the Rawlings All-Region team • Honored as the MVP of the NEMCABB All-Star Game and the best defensive player in the 2008 Crossroads Diamond Club All-Star Game • Special honor graduate, merit student and recipient of President's Education Award at EHS • All-district performer as a junior with an 8-2 pitching record, a 3.10 earned run average and 82 strikeouts in 50 innings • Among club leaders with a .358 batting average • Earned second-team Class 2A all-state honors as a sophomore in 2005, hitting .481 and posting a 5-2 pitching mark with a 2.50 ERA • Prep teammate of former MSU pitcher Lee Swindle • Played summer league baseball in 2007 with the Cincy Flames in Cincinnati, Ohio • Coached by Jay Basil and Mo Samford • Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and an officer in the Beta Club at Eupora High School.
Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 49th round of MLB's 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Born Devin Blake Jones on July 4, 1990 in Eupora, Miss. • Son of Teresa Blakely of Eupora, Miss. • Majoring in business administration.