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
Hits second home run
OFDetroit Tigers
March 11, 2019
Jones went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Twins.
Jones now has two spring home runs and he's boosted his OPS to .925. The 26-year-old outfielder strikes out a bit too often to maintain a high average, but he chipped in double-digit home runs and steals last season and could provide similar contributions in 2019, making him an option in deeper leagues.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .572 178 22 3 14 5 .178 .247 .325
Since 2016vs Right .607 471 49 11 35 14 .207 .262 .345
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
2016vs Left .294 17 1 0 0 0 .118 .118 .176
2016vs Right .909 11 2 0 2 0 .364 .364 .545
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Since 2016Home .712 297 43 10 32 6 .236 .286 .425
Since 2016Away .500 352 28 4 17 13 .167 .234 .266
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
2016Home 1.000 13 3 0 2 0 .385 .385 .615
2016Away .133 15 0 0 0 0 .067 .067 .067
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Launches first spring home run
OFDetroit Tigers
March 6, 2019
Jones went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League loss to the Braves.
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Starting in regular-season finale
OFDetroit Tigers
September 30, 2018
Jones is starting in center field and batting second in Sunday's game against the Brewers.
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Returns to lineup Tuesday
OFDetroit Tigers
September 25, 2018
Jones (shoulder) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
OFDetroit Tigers
September 23, 2018
Jones (shoulder) is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Royals, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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In Wednesday's lineup
OFDetroit Tigers
September 19, 2018
Jones (shoulder) will hit atop the order and start in center field against the Twins on Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive Media Group reports.
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