GARY SOUTHSHORE RAILCATS MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2022
Contact: Ashley Nylen
RailCats Add Two More from 2021 Roster
Gary, IN – The Gary SouthShore RailCats have signed outfielder Raymond Jones and catcher Jackson Smith. Both return for their third season under manager Greg Tagert.
Jones, 27 played in 68 games and slashed .241/.380/.342 in 279 plate appearances. The left-hander finished with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs and 30 RBI. Defensively Jones finished with 30 put outs and was error free.
“As Raymond begins his 3rd season as a RailCat, we look forward to seeing him and having a big year, said manager Greg Tagert. “When healthy he has proven to be capable of being a successful player in the American Association.”
A San Diego, CA native Jones played at San Diego City College before transferring to California State East Bay for his junior and senior seasons. The lefty accumulated 113 hits in 92 games with an average of .365.
Smith, 26 was a staple behind the plate catching 62 games. In his first full season with the team, he finished with 31 hits, 7 doubles, 1 triple, and 2 home runs. His 20 assists ranked fourth among catchers in the American Association and and finished with a .982 fielding percentage.
“Jackson defines everything we look for in a RailCats player…character, work ethic, leadership and his outstanding defensive play behind the plate,” said Tagert.
A Salem, OR native, Smith, played collegiately at Corban University from 2013-2017. Smith earned Two-Time Conference Gold Glove awards as well as All-CCC Recipient honors during his time as a Warrior.
The RailCats 2022 season begins at the Steel Yard on Friday, May 20 vs Lincoln Saltdogs. Season tickets packages and group outings for the 2022 season can be reserved by calling 219-882-2255 or emailing [email protected]