Halo HQ Top 10 Prospects: #1 Jahmai Jones

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Updated: February 17, 2017

At last, we have reached our #1 Halo prospect. Topping off Halo HQ’s prospect countdown is uber-athletic outfielder Jahmai Jones.

Jahmai Jones

Profile:​ ​6’0”/215 ​lbs;​ ​Born​ ​8/4/19957 ​(age​ ​19);​ ​Roswell,​ ​GA;​ ​Wesleyan School;​ ​Drafted​ ​2015,

2nd​ ​round,​ ​70th​ ​pick;​ ​OF;​ ​Bats​ ​Right/Throws​ ​Right

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Hitting: 55/65, Power: 45/55, Running: 60/70, Arm: 60/70, Fielding: 60/70, Overall: 60/70

Hitting

Jones really showed why he was taken in second round in 2015 this season. He raised his average from .244 to .302 and slugged .422 this season. He doesn’t have 20+ home run power, but he has great gap power and gets tons of doubles and triples. His swing is short and sweet and he gets to the ball quickly, which generates hard contact. He can get balls in the gaps and beat out weak grounders thanks to his plus speed. He won’t develop a ton of power, but I fully expect him be a 30+ double, 5+ triple, and 10+ home run type of guy. He needs to improve his vision, as he struck out in about 19% of his A-ball plate appearances according to FanGraphs. Once he does that, he should be a near-complete hitter.

Running

Jones was a two-sport athlete in high school. He looks like a defensive back in the field, but runs like Tyreek Hill. He has a ton of speed that helps both on offense and defense. Due to his line drive swing, he gets a lot of balls to fall in the outfield and tends to stretch those usual singles into doubles. He stole 20 bases in 64 games last season, but needs to get a little smarter when stealing, as he was caught six times. If you like speedy outfielders who will make highlight reel catches and make magic with their legs, then you’re going to love Jahmai.

Fielding

Jones is incredibly athletic and that helps him in the field. He is fast enough to stay in centerfield in the long run, but needs to be a smarter fielder in order to do so. His route running will get better as he gets older. He has a cannon in the outfield and had six outfield assists last season. I know it’s a stretch, but Jones is just as good a fielder as Mike Trout. He really can make magic with the glove. Just give him time to develop and he has a chance to be a Gold Glove outfielder (although that may not be in center).

Overall/Projections

Jahmai has a ton of raw tools that he has yet to tap into, yet he already looks like a complete player. The hitting, power, speed, and fielding are all there. He just has to improve a few things and he could make his way onto the big name prospect lists. Keith Law of ESPN already listed him on his Top 100 at number 97. Jones will continue to make a name for himself and put himself on the radar. He has all the tools to be great. It’s just a matter of time before they all come together. It will be fun to watch him hit in front of David Fletcher and Matt Thaiss in the future.

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