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Alonzo Jones

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Alonzo Jones
Name: Alonzo Earl Jones
Born: Feb 24, 1997 in Columbus, GA
High School: Columbus (Ga.) HS
College: Vanderbilt
Ht.: 5'9" / Wt.: 197 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
Drafted in the 25th round (743rd overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2018 (signed for $65,000)
The Columbus High School program has traditionally been one of the best in Georgia, with 12 state championships and a Hall of Fame alumnus (Frank Thomas) to its credit in the last 30 years. The Blue Devils' latest star is Jones, who may be the fastest player in the draft. He posted the top 60-yard dash time at Perfect Game National last summer, clocking in at 6.17 on an electric timer. Jones had a frustrating spring, however, as he was hampered by a broken hamate bone for much of the season. He ultimately had surgery at the end of April to repair the injury, ending his season. When he's healthy, his top-of-the-scale speed allows him to impact the game in multiple ways. He does a good job of using the middle of the field and driving the gaps so that he can get on base and use his speed. The switch-hitter also has some pop from both sides of the plate thanks to his bat speed. He is still developing as a baserunner, but his speed already allows him to wreak havoc when he gets on base. Jones plays shortstop now, but scouts believe he lacks the infield actions needed to play the position at the next level and see him as a future center fielder. Jones is committed to Vanderbilt and after a rough spring, it may be tough to sign him away from the Commodores.
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