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In 1995, Jones led all major league rookies in RBIs (86), games played (145), games started (123), plate appearances (602), at bats (524), and runs scored (87).

That year, he finished second in the Baseball Writers' Rookie of the Year balloting behind Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hideo Nomo.

Jones moved up to the Durham Bulls, the Braves' class A-advanced minor league team, in 1992.

Jones's average was .277 after 70 games; he was then moved to double-A Greenville Braves where he cut his error total from 56 in the previous season to only 32.

Thome and Jones would eventually go on to develop a good friendship over the years.He was the MLB batting champion in 2008 after hitting .364.He currently holds the Braves team record for career on-base percentage (.402), and on July 5, 2007, passed Dale Murphy for third place on the Braves all-time career home run list.De Witt Taylor High School in Pierson, the same high school Jones would later attend and play baseball.

Following his freshman year, Jones was enrolled at the Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida.Atlanta swept the series at Turner Field, though, largely thanks to Jones, who hit four home runs and drove in seven of the thirteen runs that the Braves scored.