Athleticism Separates Jahmai Jones From Field

Angels Final Report

Best Player: OF Jahmai Jones

The stiffer the competition, the better Jones performed this season, which should bode well for the 20-year-old center fielder who was a second-round pick out of high school in 2015. At low Class A Burlington and high Class A Inland Empire, he batted .282/.348/.446 with 14 home runs and 27 stolen bases in 127 games.

“He was learning pitchers and making adjustments game to game," farm director Mike LaCassa said. “We were excited about his approach, and in May, it clicked."

Jones is an explosive athlete with NFL bloodlines—his father and two brothers played pro football. His ability to make consistently hard contact and spray line drives all over the field, his speed and improving defense have vaulted him to the top of the team's prospect rankings.

“He might not be the tallest, but he's not little—he's thick and strong," LaCassa said. “He's a plus runner. He's going to have power. The ball jumps off his bat."

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