JaCOBY JONES
SHORTSTOP
Born: May 10, 1992
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 3rd Round, 87th Overall, 2013
How Acquired: Draft
College: LSU
Agent: Boras Corporation

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Jones is an ultra-toolsy player, considered by some the best athlete in college baseball going into his junior year, but his performance has never lived up to the tools.  He has excellent speed and raw power, enough to win the Southeast Conference’s HR derby, but he’s had problems making contact.  He’s played several positions in college, including second and short, but scouts consider him best suited for the outfield and the Pirates announced him as a CF.  Baseball America rated him the 75th best player in the draft.  The Pirates weren’t able to negotiate with Jones for a while after the draft because LSU advanced well into the College World Series, but he signed for exactly the slot amount shortly after LSU was eliminated.

2013
A-:  311/358/459, 61 AB, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 14 K, 3-5 SB

Jones got off to a good start at Jamestown but, unfortunately, injured his right knee after just 15 games and missed the rest of the season.  The walk and K rates weren’t good in a small sample size, but he showed some power and speed.  Jones played ten games in center and five at short, so it looks like the Pirates may keep an open mind about finding the best spot for him.

Jones was healthy in spring training in 2014.  The Pirates will challenge him by giving him the shortstop job at West Virginia.  The move has a great deal of potential if it works out.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

College
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2013 .283 .382 .417 187 10 0 5 28 42 12 3
2012 .253 .308 .363 245 13 1 4 15 47 11 5
2011 .338 .395 .467 195 11 1 4 12 37 12 8
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $612,000
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2010: Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 19th round, 573rd overall pick.
June 7, 2013:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 3rd round, 87th overall pick; signed on June 27.