Jahmai Jones, CF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (High-A Inland Empire) Anaheim’s second-round pick in 2015 (70th overall) is an athletic specimen. The son and brother of NFL talent, Jones has the frame for that game, with a thick lower-half, big ass, and square, powerful shoulders. It’s an intense physicality, and he’s still learning how to deploy it around a baseball field. His stride is balanced and explosive in the field. His routes can drift off course, particularly going back on balls. He’s also made a couple mental errors in my looks, giving up on balls that he should be breaking on. He certainly has the athleticism and efficiency to become a solid defender, however. He’s shown above-average arm strength and solid accuracy on full-throttle throws, with less consistency when on the run.
The approach at the dish is raw at present. He can be patient to a fault at times, while showing too much aggressiveness with men on. His stance has some inefficiency including a rise up on his feet as he strides, creating a negative angle on some swings. The result is more ground-ball contact, though it is frequently well struck. There’s plus raw power, thanks to his strength and impressive bat speed. He lets the ball travel well, with an opposite-field swing that’s more advanced than his pull stroke. Most impressively, he shows the ability to adjust in-game; multiple times he’s been fooled by a pitch or sequence early, only to come back and put a barrel to a later effort to exploit him similarly. His technique on the bases is raw, with a mechanical crossover that’s going to need some development if he’s to develop anything close to full utility with his speed.
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