JaCoby Jones
JaCoby Jones
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers
60-Day IL
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 11/1/2019
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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Shifts to 60-day IL
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September 1, 2019
The Tigers transferred Jones (wrist) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
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Jones has already been ruled out for the season with a fractured left wrist, so the transaction is merely a procedural move. The Tigers used the open roster spot to call up reliever Bryan Garcia from Triple-A Toledo.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
26
8
31
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
6
1
10
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+39%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+14%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .592 227 28 4 16 6 .189 .257 .335
Since 2017vs Right .666 727 79 21 57 20 .218 .284 .382
2019vs Left .563 66 7 1 2 1 .200 .246 .317
2019vs Right .784 267 32 10 24 6 .244 .326 .458
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
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+24%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+91%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .699 448 60 17 44 7 .220 .281 .418
Since 2017Away .603 506 47 8 29 19 .203 .274 .329
2019Home .702 164 20 7 14 1 .204 .280 .422
2019Away .776 169 19 4 12 6 .265 .339 .437
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
28.2%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.195
 
AVG
.235
 
OBP
.310
 
SLG
.430
 
OPS
.740
 
wOBA
.323
 
Exit Velocity
91.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.2%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
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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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Placed on IL
OFDetroit Tigers
Wrist
August 11, 2019
Jones (fractured wrist) was officially placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday.
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Out with fractured wrist
OFDetroit Tigers
Wrist
August 10, 2019
Jones is likely out for the season after a CT scan revealed he fractured his left wrist, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.
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Set for CT scan
OFDetroit Tigers
Wrist
August 10, 2019
Jones will receive a CT scan on his injured wrist, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com.
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Out again Saturday
OFDetroit Tigers
Wrist
August 10, 2019
Jones (wrist) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.
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Remains out Friday
OFDetroit Tigers
Wrist
August 9, 2019
Jones (wrist) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Royals.
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