Biographical

Portrait of Jacque Jones

Jacque Jones RFTwins

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
10 4989 .277 .326 .448 .261 18
Birth Date4-25-1975
Height5' 10"
Weight175 lbs
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1999 MIN 24 95 347 322 54 93 24 2 9 148 17 63 4 3 1 44 3 4 .289 .329 .460 .261 12.8 8.7 2.0
2000 MIN 25 154 550 523 66 149 26 5 19 242 26 111 0 0 1 76 7 5 .285 .319 .463 .250 10.4 5.6 1.5
2001 MIN 26 149 519 475 57 131 25 0 14 198 39 92 3 0 2 49 12 9 .276 .335 .417 .250 3.2 10.2 1.3
2002 MIN 27 149 626 577 96 173 37 2 27 295 37 129 2 6 4 85 6 7 .300 .341 .511 .298 47.9 18.8 6.7
2003 MIN 28 136 548 517 76 157 33 1 16 240 21 105 4 5 1 69 13 1 .304 .333 .464 .270 15.3 2.2 1.7
2004 MIN 29 151 608 555 69 141 22 1 24 237 40 117 10 1 2 80 13 10 .254 .315 .427 .251 2.9 16.1 1.9
2005 MIN 30 142 585 523 74 130 22 4 23 229 51 120 5 4 2 73 13 4 .249 .319 .438 .263 12.5 3.4 1.6
2006 CHN 31 149 577 533 73 152 31 1 27 266 35 116 5 2 2 81 9 1 .285 .334 .499 .275 18.6 0.5 1.9
2007 CHN 32 135 495 453 52 129 33 2 5 181 34 70 2 3 3 66 6 3 .285 .335 .400 .244 2.2 3.9 0.6
2008 DET 33 24 90 79 10 13 2 1 1 20 8 18 1 2 0 5 0 1 .165 .244 .253 .185 -6.9 -0.5 -0.7
2008 FLO 33 18 44 37 5 4 0 0 0 4 6 8 0 1 0 2 0 0 .108 .227 .108 .135 -4.9 0.1 -0.5
Career13024989459463212722551916520603149493627186308245.277.326.448.261114.069.018.0

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1996 FTM A+ 1 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .667 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 FTM A+ 0 575 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .350 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NBR AA 0 559 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .369 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIN MLB 95 347 .261 .270 .344 .430 .262 .332 100 0.2 9.7 0.1 8.7 1.8 12.8 2.0 12.8 2.0
1999 SLC AAA 0 207 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIN MLB 154 550 .250 .275 .345 .442 .263 .331 94 -6.5 15.6 -1.8 5.6 1.8 10.4 1.5 10.4 1.5
2001 MIN MLB 149 519 .250 .268 .335 .428 .262 .317 101 -5.5 14.2 -3.6 10.2 -1.0 3.2 1.3 3.2 1.3
2002 MIN MLB 149 626 .298 .269 .332 .431 .267 .342 97 25.7 16.7 -4.3 18.8 5.8 47.9 6.7 47.9 6.7
2003 MIN MLB 136 548 .270 .265 .330 .422 .262 .352 100 6.2 14.9 -5.3 2.2 1.1 15.3 1.7 15.3 1.7
2004 MIN MLB 151 608 .251 .271 .338 .442 .265 .282 101 -6.2 18.1 -6.7 16.1 -1.5 2.9 1.9 2.9 1.9
2005 MIN MLB 142 585 .263 .262 .326 .416 .260 .279 97 1.7 16.8 -6 3.4 -0.1 12.5 1.6 12.5 1.6
2006 CHN MLB 149 577 .275 .266 .329 .432 .262 .319 97 9.9 17.4 -6.3 0.5 -1.1 18.6 1.9 18.6 1.9
2007 CHN MLB 135 495 .244 .269 .333 .430 .260 .325 103 -9 14.7 -1 3.9 -2.1 2.2 0.6 2.2 0.6
2008 DET MLB 24 90 .185 .265 .332 .422 .261 .194 103 -7.3 2.6 -0.7 -0.5 -0.5 -6.9 -0.7 -6.9 -0.7
2008 FLO MLB 18 44 .135 .251 .328 .408 .260 .133 95 -5.9 1.3 -0.1 0.1 0.4 -4.9 -0.5 -4.9 -0.5
2010 ROC AAA 96 360 .249 .257 .325 .394 .248 .363 98 -4.5 11.0 -3 -3.0 -3.3 -0.4 -0.3 -0.4 -0.3

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1996 FTM A+ 3 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 .667 .667 1.000 .333 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 FTM A+ 575 84 160 33 6 15 82 33 110 24 12 .297 .341 .464 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NBR AA 559 78 155 39 3 21 85 37 134 18 11 .299 .351 .508 .208 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 SLC AAA 207 32 59 13 2 4 26 9 36 9 2 .298 .329 .444 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIN MLB 347 54 93 24 2 9 44 17 63 3 4 .289 .329 .460 .171 .261 12.8 8.7 2.0
2000 MIN MLB 550 66 149 26 5 19 76 26 111 7 5 .285 .319 .463 .178 .250 10.4 5.6 1.5
2001 MIN MLB 519 57 131 25 0 14 49 39 92 12 9 .276 .335 .417 .141 .250 3.2 10.2 1.3
2002 MIN MLB 626 96 173 37 2 27 85 37 129 6 7 .300 .341 .511 .211 .298 47.9 18.8 6.7
2003 MIN MLB 548 76 157 33 1 16 69 21 105 13 1 .304 .333 .464 .161 .270 15.3 2.2 1.7
2004 MIN MLB 608 69 141 22 1 24 80 40 117 13 10 .254 .315 .427 .173 .251 2.9 16.1 1.9
2005 MIN MLB 585 74 130 22 4 23 73 51 120 13 4 .249 .319 .438 .189 .263 12.5 3.4 1.6
2006 CHN MLB 577 73 152 31 1 27 81 35 116 9 1 .285 .334 .499 .214 .275 18.6 0.5 1.9
2007 CHN MLB 495 52 129 33 2 5 66 34 70 6 3 .285 .335 .400 .115 .244 2.2 3.9 0.6
2008 DET MLB 90 10 13 2 1 1 5 8 18 0 1 .165 .244 .253 .089 .185 -6.9 -0.5 -0.7
2008 FLO MLB 44 5 4 0 0 0 2 6 8 0 0 .108 .227 .108 .000 .135 -4.9 0.1 -0.5
2010 ROC AAA 360 36 95 24 0 4 31 18 84 4 0 .280 .320 .386 .106 .249 -0.4 -3.0 -0.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 479 0.4447 0.4718 0.7876 0.6338 0.3421 0.8667 0.6703 0.2124
Career4790.44470.47180.78760.63380.34210.86670.67030.2124

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-08 2010-08-20 Minors 12 0 Left Knee Sprain -
2003-07-01 2003-07-17 15-DL 16 12 Left Groin Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2008 DET $6,333,333
2007 CHN $5,633,333
2006 CHN $4,033,333
2005 MIN $5,000,000
2004 MIN $4,350,000
2003 MIN $2,750,000
2002 MIN $312,500
2001 MIN $275,000
2000 MIN $225,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$28,912,499
9 yrTotal$28,912,499

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 16 dDamon Lapa

Details
  • signed as a free agent from CIN/Newark Indp Lg 2/9/10 (minor-league contract)
  • signed as a free agent from FL 2/5/09 (minor-league contract, $0.6M major league, $75K min)
  • performance bonus:$0.1M based on plate appearances 250-400
  • designated for assignment 6/11/08 contract purchased 5/23/08 signed as a free agent from DT 5/19/08 (minor-league contract)
  • released 5/13/08 designated for assignment 5/5/08 acquired in trade from CHC 11/12/07 (CHC pay $2M of $5M 08 sal)
  • signed as a free agent from MIN 12/05, 3 year/$16M (06-08), $4M signing bonus (pd 1/06-1/08), 06:$3M, 07:$4M, 08:$5M
  • avoided arbitration 12/04, 1 year/$5M (05)+$0.25M if traded
  • 03:$2.75M, 04:$4.35M, bonuses ($25K All Star)
  • avoided arbitration 1/03 ($3.2M-$2.75M), 2 year/$7.1M (03-04)
  • 1 year/$0.3125M (02)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
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Upside By Year

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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2009 After coming over in a swap with the Cubs, Jacque Jones lost the Tigers' eye after a month, and it took the Marlins even less time than that to tire of him.
2008 Last year we learned that Jones can still play a pretty good center field. He's always gotten good jumps on the ball, and by the second half of the year, he looked confident and natural at his new position. Indeed, Jones might well be among the 30 best center fielders in baseball, but as a corner guy, he needs to be platooned carefully and monitored for any further signs of decline. Fortunately he has a suitable partner in the Tigers' expected left-field platoon in Marcus Thames. Jones' PECOTA projection looks harsh, but the 37 points of OPS it expects him to lose off last year's numbers is about the going rate for a left-handed hitter coming back to the more difficult league.
2007 Jones started the year just 2 for 22, provoking the ire of the Wrigley faithful, but eventually found the Friendly Confines very much to his liking, putting up his best season in five years. He still couldn`t hit lefties, a continuing problem that begs for a platoon partner, though the Twins didn`t do anything about that either. With Baker out as manager, Jones was reportedly asking to go elsewhere this off-season. The combination of his trade-friendly price tag--$9 million for the next two years looks cheap after this winter--and potential to decline should make moving him equally attractive to the Cubs.
2006 Bonifay`s Paradox might be a new term that we don`t really need, but there ought to be some shorthand we can invent to describe what happens when moderately useful players who contribute to teams that claw their way up to mediocrity become expensive and not so useful any more. If we`re coining the term in honor of the former Pirates GM and his unhappy tendency to overcommit to players who weren`t going to help his team get any better, it should be applied pointedly to Terry Ryan, particularly in the case of Jones. Jones` last useful season was in 2003, when he was 29 and at the end of a normal Age 25-29 spread for a player`s peak years. The Twins paid more than $12 million for him over the last three years, all to avoid arbitration, and to keep a corner outfielder without power. The `greater fool` theory found a taker, as the Cubs will pay him even more ($15 million) over the next three years; if they`re expecting Duke Snider to balance out their righty-heavy lineup, let the heartbreak start now.
2005 After a miserable '04 season, Jones is moving out of the period of his career when he was a success story any thrifty-minded GM wished he had, to becoming an overpriced problem. That's the nature of the career clock for arbitration: Jones has been good enough that everyone would shriek if he's non-tendered until it's a year too late, but you can hide behind the fig leaf of free agency if he leaves of his own volition. He'll be bad news for as long as he's an everyday player.
2003 Gardenhireís decision to let Jones lead off and play every day worked, as Jones had his breakout season in a year where offense went down. He still didnít hit lefties (.213/.259/.331), and it seems doubtful he ever will. Maybe he busted out because he played every day, and maybe he busted out because playing for Ron Gardenhire was much more pleasant than playing for Tom Kelly. We canít really know, but the crush of outfielders in the system should start chewing into Jonesís at-bats against lefties. In the meantime, he gives the team another center fieldĖcaliber glove in the outfield, and enough power to paste right-handers. Given his age and eventual free agency and the organizationís depth, he shouldnít be a Twin after 2004.
2002 Tom Kelly worked hard to protect Jones from left-handed pitching. Like Todd Walker before him, Jones was protected so well that he still doesn't recognize what lefties are doing on the mound. It's time to find out whether he's ever going to be a regular, but on a team filled with right-handed slugs looking for playing time, it's unlikely he'll get the at-bats he needs to develop. Jones would be playing center field on most other clubs; with the Twins, he's just another piece of an amazing overall defense.
2001 Jacque Jones is stuck in that range where he can be appreciated for what he does or drive you ape with what he doesnít do. He can play center field, so if heís there, heís valuable. He canít hit left-handers, but as a platoon player, he can still be valuable. As a regular in left field, heís as useful as a pet pig. Sure, heís grateful, but you ought to be doing better things with him.
2000 A fun player to watch, although not somebody Iíd want on my team. Heís a singles hitter who swings from his heels. While he isnít the type who draws walks, simply calling him impatient doesnít do him justice. With nobody on, heís hacking early to get the ball in play. With somebody on, he seems to foul everything off and work the pitcher until he gets the pitch he wants to put in play. Naturally, heís a great bad-ball hitter. He can make the highlight-reel catch in center field, and he throws well. Only on a Tom Kelly team can a young player get in trouble for smiling too often, as Jones did.
1999 The best of the assorted Twins outfielders, Jones improved across the board while making the jump to Double-A and learning a new position (right field). Broad-based improvement is a good sign; Jones still needs to be more patient, and as a right fielder, will need to continue to improve offensively. Should start the year at Salt Lake City, a great hitting environment, which will raise his profile. I'm apparently writing about all the Trojan prospects this year. Fight on!
1998 The Twinsí top draft pick in 1996 (after they lost Travis Lee), Jones led the Florida State League in hits, and looks like a good one. Heís pretty old for the level heís playing at, though, so itís a bit early to suggest heíll be a big star.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2010-08-02 13:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Tyler Colvin? His power has been impressive, but he seems a little out of place leading off. Have you talked with KG recently about what his ceiling might be given this year's performance? He seems like more of a 5-hitter than a leadoff guy to me....Thanks!
(mschroeder14 from wi)
That's kind of my hope, with DeWitt added to the team, is that they slot him up front and move Colvin lower down again. But let's face it, as much of an interesting tools guy with potentially high upside as he might have, I find it hard to believe that Colvin is going to get homers on 18 percent of his fly balls forever. Cut that down several pegs, and you've got a guy a lot like a young Jacque Jones (with a better arm). Playable in a corner for several seasons, up until he gets expensive. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-05-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Tigers make bad deals or are the players just underperforming?
(tiger fan from MI)
Whatever winds up happening, the Cabrera deal was still way too attractive to them to pass up. I wasn't a fan of having anything to do with Jacque Jones at the time, but at least they've cut bait on that one pretty quickly. Really, the only transaction where I've strongly disagreed with the Tigers is signing Gary Sheffield to a three-year deal last winter. I'd rather have spent that money on a closer, and gotten a Matt Stairs type to play DH if you need one. But all of this is much easier to say in hindsight, and it's still way too early to be writing the Tigers' obituary for this season. (Nate Silver)
2008-03-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)I just went deep, 997 to go.
(Miguel Cabrera from Detriot)
And let's not leave out that Verlander has a one-hitter through five. The grass whispers its approval.

How long does Jacque Jones hold his job? (Steven Goldman)
2008-02-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know that way back when, Hamilton was throwing 95 mph. Is his outfield arm still 80 on the scouting scale?
(Or from Dallas)
A throwing question right off the bat, excellent.

In the essay "Expanding the Cannon" that you'll find in BP2K8 you'll see that among center fielders Josh Hamilton ranked 5th at +3.9 runs saved with his arm. That metric is composed of four components: hit advancement, throwing out runners stretching, fly ball advancement, and "other". Hamilton did well in both hit advancement and fly ball advancement (by virtue of just 4 of 35 runners advancing) although in 145 stretch opportunities he didn't nab anyone.

Of course he did all of this in just 62 adjusted games. In the essay I also describe the rate statistic scaled to 550 opportunities and there he ended up at +8.9 behind a few other guys with limited playing time (for example Jason Lane and Jacque Jones who had 29 and 72 adjusted games in center respectively. Among centerfielders who played more Ichiro Suzuki came out on top at +6.0 in 149 adjusted games with Andruw Jones and Bill Hall next in line.

By all accounts he does have a fine arm but of course in a smaller sample like this I would take these results with a grain of salt. It'll be interesting to see what he does with even more playing time in Texas in 2008. (Dan Fox)
2008-02-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)If Bonds signs a one year contract with a team tomorrow, how much do you think the contract would be worth? I would be exstatic if my Tigers signed him, ate Jacque Jones' contract, and rotated Bonds and Sheff through DH and LF.
(lmajersik from Ann Arbor)
You're underestimating what Jones' range means in that park. He can still run a bit, and that's a tough left field. I wouldn't want to have to use Sheffield and Bonds out there regularly.
Barry Bonds can still help many teams. It's a shame that the circus surrounding him--to a small extent his own doing--has obscured that. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-01-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Marcus Thames: could the Tigers potentially move him for bullpen parts (hopefully a reliable set-up man), or should they?
(David from Winston Salem )
If they got something of value, sure, but I say that more in the hope that they'd use Ryan Raburn a whole bunch, and not as some sort of endorsement of their adding Jacque Jones. (Christina Kahrl)


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