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Miami Marlins make the announcement official, they’ve signed Destrehan grad Beau Jones

As first reported by The Times-Picayune’s Lori Lyons last Friday, the Miami Marlins have signed left-handed pitcher Beau Jones, a 2005 graduate of Destrehan High School, to a minor league contract.Beau JonesJones spent most of the 2011 season at the Triple-A level with the Round Rock Express in the Texas Rangers organization. In 39 games, he went 0-1 with one save and a 3.63 ERA. Jones struck out 54 batters in 62.0 innings, and limited left-handed hitters to a .236 batting average.Taken by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (41st overall) of the 2005 amateur draft, Jones was a three-time Class 5A All-State selection at Destrehan, and was named Louisiana’s Mr. Baseball as a senior, when he helped the school reach the state championship game at Zephyr Field.Jones was part of a blockbuster trade in 2007, going to the Texas Rangers with current major leaguers Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison and Jarrod Saltalamacchia in exchange for Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay. He spent parts of the next three seasons at Double-A before reaching Triple-A for the first time last year.

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