Most fantasy baseball managers have a basic knowledge of the top one hundred prospects during the MLB season. Ask them to venture outside the top one hundred, and they will have a tough time naming even one relevant player. I know, because I used to be one of those fantasy managers. For some, these series of articles will be of little consequence, as they never will venture outside the shallower ten to twelve team format. For those bold enough to dive into “deeper” dynasty leagues, having a sound prospect knowledge is the difference between being the San Diego Padres, or the New York Yankees. Gaining a knowledge beyond the top one hundred Milb stars is what this series is all about, and it all starts with Jahmai Jones of the LA Angels.
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Jones was drafted in the second round of the 2015 MLB draft. His stat line that year? A lackluster .244/.330/.344. This less than stellar start contributes to why he has not ranked within the top one hundred in most publications. That is all about to change. Jones first made waves in 2016, where he slashed .302 with 20 stolen bases, though he struggled in A ball that year only hitting .242 when he was promoted.
2017 however, has been Jones’s swan song. He currently sports a .295/.357/.467 going up to August 25th. Since he’s been promoted to Advanced A ball, Jones is swinging .353 with five home runs and nine stolen bases in 32 games. Power isn’t his game, though he can go yard when needed, as he has fourteen on the year. Jones profiles as more of a gap hitter, having twenty-seven doubles so far in 118 games. His twenty-seven steals make him a possible intriguing power/speed combo down the line.
So don’t let the media fool you, the Angels system isn’t a barren wasteland, Jones is coming, and at age 20, he seems to just be getting started.
Major League Comp: Ender Inciarte with more power.