Last week we published the first half of a great interview with Angels top prospect Jahmai Jones. In it Jahmai talked about his daily routine, the way he incorporates aspects of other sports, and his beach volley ball game.
The conversation moved on to Jones’ interests outside the game and how he views himself within the framework of the Angels farm system. It also revealed an interesting connection to another top prospect and a very class move by Jones.
Here is that transcript:
Speaking of High School, you grew up in Atlanta as kind of a city boy. Any culture shock going out there to Burlington and experiencing corn country where you’re playing?
“It has exceeded my expectations a little bit. Once I settled in and everything I was like ‘wow’ there’s definitely a lot of crop land out here, a lot of farmers. But its a nice area, it is definitely not a bad area at all for baseball. I enjoy it.
Coming from the city, its different. Its definitely a change of pace but I also like getting out of the city some times; just the hustle and bustle of everything. And I like to go somewhere that’s a little more secluded, a little quieter, just get a little time to yourself.
But that doesn’t mean that I don’t love the city. I love where I live. It’s just nice, you know, to have a change of scenery every once in a while and this is definitely completely different than what I’m used to.
Definitely a little shocking when I came here but I think I’ve adapted well and I definitely enjoy the area.”
We’ve talked a lot about baseball, but what about you? What do you do when you’re not playing baseball?
“Definitely a lot of golfing. Golfing and fishing I like to do during the off season. Golf is just one of those things that gets you away from baseball. You know, go out, play 18. On a great day, it’s great stuff, honestly.
It definitely relaxes you, gets your mind off everything. When you get out there its really just you and the course. You have to make reads and every thing and I, I just love it.”
Nice. On a given day what do you shoot?
“Ooh. Not overly well, ha ha., I’ll tell you that. I just got really into it, got started in the last year. So I’m up and down depending on the day. I wouldn’t say I’m anywhere near the 70s but that’s alright, there’s always room for improvement (chuckles).”
You grew up in Atlanta while the local music scene was really hot. Who do you like to listen to?
“I try not to settle on one artist because the variety of music that is available to us today. It definitely brings about opening up new cultures, especially with our Latin players.
I mean, you’re getting everything from music that you barely understand some sentences to words you know every single one that you grew up with in your childhood playing in the locker room.
I feel like its really hard to say who my favorite artist is, to be honest. It ranges from hip hop to rap to alternative to country. Its really hard to pick just one form.”
Speaking of team mates. You were the real first high upside guy added to what was considered to be a bad farm system. And now there are a number of other talented guys there. How well do you know the other guys and how does everybody get along?
“Brandon Marsh got drafted my same draft year and he’s been a team mate of mine for a while, I’ve been playing against him for a while as well so we definitely get the rivalry going but it’s a healthy relationship.
He was at my house the night I got drafted.
I talked to him, actually, on the phone about a week and a half ago. Told him he was crushing it out in Orem and unfortunately he got hurt but he was killing it just like I though he was going to.
Marsh has been a great guy, I’ve been trying to teach him as much as I can. He’s been receptive to everything and he’s also pushing me to be a better person, to be a better player as well.
Nonie Williams, I met him instructs of last year. Big guy, great upside and dude’s a heck of an athlete and great person as well. Great athlete and I’m glad we’re drafting guys with high ceilings.
We’re going out and getting some of the best talent but also some of the best athletes.
I actually talked to Jordan Adell when he got drafted and was just like ‘hey, welcome to the organization. I hope you ball out.’
Honestly, I just want to see all these guys do well regardless of my own successes. I want to see my friends and my fellow team mates succeed. That’s one of the biggest joys is also seeing others succeed while you’re doing your job as well.
We have a lot of guys in this organization that I think have the chance to be really, really good. And not just young guys. We’re playing with guys who are juniors and seniors out of college who are really good players.
Who knows what will happen in the future but I think we have more talent than some of the writers give us credit for and I think we have a really good organization.”
I had no idea you and Marsh were connected and that he was at your draft party. The fact you called Adell is really a class move. He’s a high upside center fielder, just like you. Thanks for sharing both of those.
Before we wrap this up, is there anything in particular you want people to know about you? It’s nice to get to know you as you’re climbing up the ranks.
“Biggest thing is I’m just a guy who loves the game; who loves to come out and enjoy every single day.
Don’t be afraid to come up to me and say ‘hi’ and have a conversation. I grew up in a family of six siblings so I definitely know how to talk to people, I’ve been doing it my entire life.
Flash a smile and if you want to talk come up and talk, no problem.”
I’m going to hold you to that, ha ha. Again, thanks for the time and let’s do this again after your next promotion.
“Please do. Thanks for interviewing me, I appreciate your time.”
It is fun to root for a guy with a quick bat and even quicker feet. It is fun to cheer on a double to the alley or a successful stolen base. It is fun to be amazed that a ball seemingly destined to turn into one of those doubles is tracked down and turned into an out.
It is even more fun when the player doing all of this is also a class act. A 19 year old prospect who calls and encourages other prospects, including the one drafted to directly compete with him, is definitely a class act in my book.
I hope you all enjoyed this interview and leave plenty of comments below. Jahmai does read the interviews and we are planning another interview after his next promotion so future questions are also appreciated.