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JaCoby Jones

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JaCoby Jones
Name: JaCoby Mylon Jones
Born: May 10, 1992 in Richton, Miss. USA
High School: Richton (Miss.) HS
College: Louisiana State
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 201 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (87th overall) by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013 (signed for $612,000)
The three top prep players out of Mississippi in 2010 were Ryan Bolden, Jones and Hunter Renfroe. The Angels took Bolden in the supplemental first-round (he hasn't reached full-season ball yet), while Jones and Renfroe headed to the Southeastern Conference. Jones came in with more fanfare and has been a three-year starter at LSU, though Renfroe has far surpassed him as a prospect. Jones ranks as the top athlete in the college class and does everything easily, from long batting-practice home runs to well above-average speed. Jones looks like a shortstop, plays second base and probably fits better in center field long-term. He doesn't have the instincts to stay in the dirt and is said to prefer the outfield. He doesn't have great pitch recognition and hasn't tapped into his above-average raw power, with just 13 career home runs. His low-energy approach and makeup, plus his modest improvement over three seasons, turn scouts off, so his tools have to get him into the third round.
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