College Draft Profile: JaCoby Jones

 

JaCoby Jones, LSU

Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 200; Position: 2B; B/T: R/R

Arguably the single most frustrating player in college baseball, Jones seemingly has the raw talent to become one of the better middle infielders in this year’s draft. After an incredible showing his freshman season (.338/.395/.467), he flopped mightily during the follow up campaign (.253/.308/.363), and he’s only recently pushed his 2013 production towards respectability (.283/.382/.417).

Overall, Jones is sporting a rather unimpressive park and schedule adjusted Weighted On Base Average of .359 (according to CollegeSplits).

Projection: He has some useful skills: solid speed, a pretty decent eye at the plate, and a little bit of pop. But Jones strikes out an awful lot (19%) and his total production is hardly noteworthy (.283/.382/.417) Still, though, with the current state of the game, it wouldn’t be surprising to find him being taken as soon as the third round. Jones probably won’t be an everyday player and may not even be serviceable bench option, but he provides some depth with a little bit of upside. If a team’s lucky, maybe, just maybe, they might be able to unlock the key to his successful freshman year.

Ceiling: 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Drafted: Third or Fourth Round

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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.