Early on Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers made a roster move. They signed infielder Jahmai Jones to the big league roster after he opted out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers and placed infielder Brian Anderson on the paternity list. (Congratulations to the Anderson family!)
The move was met with a series of questions from fans, with most of them being "Who is Jahmai Jones?". But it was a seemingly minor move as the Brewers opted to bring in a new face to the infield rather than call up Mike Brosseau or Abraham Toro.
It didn't take long for fans to go from "Who is Jahmai Jones?" to "I love Jahmai Jones".
New Brewers roster addition Jahmai Jones hit a clutch, three run double to tie the game against the Cubs on Monday.
In Jahmai Jones' first big league at-bat since the end of the 2021 season, he didn't waste any time making an impact.
The Brewers quickly fell into a hole in this game, down 6-0 against the division rival Cubs. They were able to scratch across a couple of runs shortly after but had been stuck at three runs for a couple innings despite numerous opportunities to score.
Then Jahmai Jones was able to break the ice. With the bases loaded, Craig Counsell initially put up Jesse Winker to pinch hit. The Cubs countered with LHP Anthony Kay. Counsell pulled back Winker and sent up Jones.
In Triple-A this year, Jones was hitting .368 with a 1.237 OPS against lefties. That was a factor in the Brewers deciding to sign him. Instantly, he showed that his stats against lefties were no fluke and that he was the right choice to pinch hit in that situation.
The Brewers need to get some more production from their infield, and they need to be better against lefties. Jones figures to be a part of that plan to address that shortcoming on this team and through his first day, that's exactly what he's done. Granted, it's one at-bat, but what a way to introduce yourself.
Jones does still have a minor league option remaining. If it ever comes to that, they'll be able to keep him in the organization, but if he keeps hitting like that, the Brewers may not need to use it. There was an open 40 man roster spot after Thomas Pannone and Matt Bush were DFAed the other day.
The Brewers came back from down 6-0 to win 8-6 on the heels of Jones' double. Jahmai Jones will forever be cemented in Brewers lore for that moment, no matter what he does the rest of his time in Milwaukee.