Scouts remain divided on where Jones, a North Carolina commit, fits best defensively. He’s played second base and the outfield, where his speed allows him to cover ground well. He probably has the most value if he’s able to stay in the infield but should hit well enough to be a regular no matter where he settles.
Jones begun his professional career playing outfield for the first two years, but his fringy arm perhaps wasn’t enough to separate himself defensively at the next level. With the dearth of infield prospects and surplus of outfield prospects the organization had, they proposed the idea of converting him to second base and Jones was willing to give it a shot. In fact, he even brought an infield glove to spring training, as our very own Rex Clevinger first reported.
Jones stuck with the position change and has been playing second base exclusively this season. His average and power output is down on the offensive side of the ball, as he is slashing .235/.338/.383 (100 wRC+) in High-A this season, markedly less than the 115 and 131 wRC+ he produced last year in Burlington and Inland Empire, respectively. However, he does have a lower strikeout rate (18.2% than last year) and the highest walk rate of his career (12.4%).
We will see how he fares in the Southern League.