JaCoby Jones
JaCoby Jones
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones managed to crack the Tigers' Opening Day roster and began the season in a reserve role, but before long was seeing a heavy share of starts in left and center field. The 26-year-old finished with a .207/.266/.364 slash line with 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 467 PA, with the bulk of his value coming from his work on defense. The outfielder's low walk rate (5.1%) and high strikeout rate (30.4%) are multi-year patterns, making it difficult to see a significant jump offensively. Jones is a defensive-oriented outfielder and could very well end up as the Tigers' Opening Day starter in center field, but he hasn't flashed enough of a consistent bat in the majors (.199 career AVG) to warrant much fantasy attention. Read Past Outlooks
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Getting regular work in center
OFDetroit Tigers
April 20, 2019
Jones will make his eighth straight start in center field in Saturday's game against the White Sox, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. He's slated to hit ninth.
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The Tigers haven't eased Jones back into action since he was activated from the 10-day injured list April 11, as he's been included in the lineup in every game. As the best defensive center fielder on the roster, Jones' role should be fairly secure until the Tigers decide to promote prospect Daz Cameron from Triple-A Toledo, but don't expect much useful fantasy production from the 26-year-old. He's batting .174 through his first 26 plate appearances of the season with one steal and no extra-base hits.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+85%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .604 164 21 3 14 5 .188 .262 .342
Since 2017vs Right .587 486 49 11 33 15 .199 .258 .329
2019vs Left .667 3 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333
2019vs Right .361 26 2 0 0 1 .130 .231 .130
2018vs Left .618 120 15 1 8 3 .194 .275 .343
2018vs Right .634 347 39 10 26 10 .212 .263 .371
2017vs Left .562 41 6 2 6 2 .158 .220 .342
2017vs Right .491 113 8 1 7 4 .175 .248 .243
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+205%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+91%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .668 305 42 10 30 6 .218 .275 .393
Since 2017Away .523 345 28 4 17 14 .177 .244 .278
2019Home .246 21 2 0 0 0 .056 .190 .056
2019Away .750 8 0 0 0 1 .375 .375 .375
2018Home .705 209 31 8 21 3 .232 .278 .428
2018Away .567 258 23 3 13 10 .187 .257 .311
2017Home .676 75 9 2 9 3 .221 .293 .382
2017Away .354 79 5 1 4 3 .123 .190 .164
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How does JaCoby Jones compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
17.2%
 
BABIP
.190
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.154
 
OBP
.241
 
SLG
.154
 
OPS
.395
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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By slashing .327/.377/.510 in 49 Grapefruit League at-bats, Jones managed to break camp with the Tigers. He even cracked a three-run homer on Opening Day. It was downhill from there for the 25-year-old outfielder, as he was hit in the face a few weeks later, requiring a month's stay on the disabled list. At the time, he was sporting a weak .150/.244/.300 line. Jones came back in late May, only to be sent to Triple-A Toledo 10 days later. Jones continued to struggle, hitting .245/.314/.387 on the farm before injuries and trades in Motown prompted his recall in mid-August. From there, Jones didn't fare much better, slashing .189/.247/.278 with a 40 percent strikeout rate. Jones has tools but has yet to channel them into baseball skills. Detroit is in retooling mode, so they could give Jones another chance. However, it's hard to imagine he can reverse a long history of elevated strikeouts with little plate patience.
A third-round pick in 2013, Jones has risen through the minors steadily, split between the organizations of the Pirates and the Tigers, but he did little in his first exposure to Triple-A last season (90 wRC+) to warrant an extended look in the show. He got a cup of coffee with the Tigers in September and predictably fell flat. He could offer gap power with the potential for double-digit steals over the course of a full season, but his hit tool may simply be too poor for the whole package to work. The trade of Cameron Maybin might thrust Jones into a regular role as Detroit's center fielder before his bat is ready, but his development would be best served by a few hundred more plate appearances at Triple-A in order to ensure a smoother transition to the bigs. He was also a full-time center fielder for the first time in 2016, and the Tigers might want to see some more innings from Jones in the pasture before entrusting him with the keys to center field in Detroit.
Jones has always been a difficult player to evaluate, as his above-average power and speed leads to impressive counting stats, but it’s also hard to ignore the holes in his swing and his lack of a true position. The Tigers saw something they liked, as he was the lone piece they received from Pittsburgh in a deadline deal for Joakim Soria. Unfortunately, he will miss the first 50 games of 2016 after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a second time. Jones had 16 homers, 25 steals (on 32 attempts), and a .257/.322/.415 line between two organizations in 2015 while splitting time at High-A and Double-A as a 23-year-old. Shortstop is his current position, but at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he is a better fit at third base. This fits perfectly with what the Tigers may need in the near future if Nick Castellanos continues to turn in below replacement-level campaigns. Still, the potential for a utility player or Quad-A type remains the most likely long-term outcome for Jones.
Jones, a 2013 third-round draft pick, has one of the highest offensive upsides in the Pittsburgh organization. He hit .288/.347/.503 with 23 homers and 17 stolen bases for Low-A West Virginia in 2014, though at 22, the LSU product was a bit old for his level. He also committed 24 errors in 99 games at shortstop, bringing into question whether he ultimately might move to another position. Jones has experience in center field, but the Pirates' stacked outfield might mean a move to second or third base in the future. For now, he'll continue moving up the organizational ladder -- most likely playing for High-A Bradenton in 2015 -- in a farm system lacking players with his potential offensive ceiling.
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Makes early return from IL
OFDetroit Tigers
April 11, 2019
The Tigers activated Jones (shoulder) from the 10-day injured list Thursday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Continues rehab in Triple-A
OFDetroit Tigers
Shoulder
April 10, 2019
Jones (shoulder) is headed to Triple-A Toledo to continue his rehab assignment, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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May not return until next week
OFDetroit Tigers
Shoulder
April 9, 2019
Jones (shoulder) could soon shift his rehab to Triple-A Toledo but isn't expected to be activated from the 10-day injured list until next week, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
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Nearing return from IL
OFDetroit Tigers
Shoulder
April 7, 2019
Jones (shoulder) played in games Friday and Saturday at High-A Lakeland, going 3-for-8 at the dish with two doubles and two RBI.
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Begins rehab assignment
OFDetroit Tigers
Shoulder
April 5, 2019
Jones (shoulder) will begin his rehab assignment with High-A Lakeland on Friday.
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