Jahmai Jones
21-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Los Angeles Angels AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While Jones did not light the world on fire as some were expecting, his numbers between High-A and Double-A were respectable considering he was only 20 years old for most of the season. He hit just .235 during his time with High-A Inland Empire, but even with the low average, he was still close to league average offensively thanks to a 12.4 BB%, eight homers and 13 steals (in 16 attempts). The Angels decided to test Jones with a move up to Double-A Mobile in July. His average improved after the promotion, but Jones' strikeout rate, walk rate and ISO all went in the wrong direction. His line-drive rate fell to just 15.9% at the Double-A level (18.5% with Inland Empire). Jones ended the year on a high note with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League, finishing 25-for-78 (.321 AVG) with Mesa, but he still needs more seasoning and may not be ready until 2020. Read Past Outlooks
Drives in five at Double-A
2BLos Angeles Angels  AA
August 6, 2018
Jones went 2-for-5 with a home run, double and five RBI for Double-A Mobile in its 10-1 win over Birmingham on Sunday.
Jones has turned in multi-hit performances in four of his last five starts with Mobile, lifting his batting line to .257/.353/.406 through his first 25 games in the Southern League. The 21-year-old has unsurprisingly seen his numbers take a slight hit from 2017 while facing off against higher-caliber competition, but he's thus far received high praise from within the organization for the transition he has made defensively from the outfield to second base.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Angels’ farm system is no longer a laughing stock. Several five-tool outfield prospects and projectable lower-level arms have contributed to the changing of the tide, but Jones is the ringleader. He is athletic and toolsy, yet well built at 6-foot, 215 pounds. His current size, at just 20 years old, suggests his plus speed may tick down in several years, while his average power should ascend to the point that he is hitting 25-to-30 home runs annually. Jones hits the ball hard to all fields, projecting to be a plus hitter in the majors. The 22.6 percent strikeout rate he posted after a promotion to High-A was easily his worst mark as a pro, but he also produced a career-high .186 ISO and 131 wRC+ against the most difficult competition he has faced, so perhaps he unlocked something by swinging more freely. Given that success, he could be aggressively assigned to Double-A, which would be a message to Mike Trout that help is on the way.
Jones is to the Angels farm system what Mike Trout is to the big league roster. He is a beacon in dark, desolate waters; a counter to the argument that they still have the worst system in baseball. First base prospect Matt Thaiss is plenty interesting in fantasy, but Jones is the real-life prize. A sturdy yet athletic 6-foot, 215-pound specimen in center field, Jones boasts plus speed, an above average hit tool and enough bat speed to project as a 20-plus homer hitter in his peak years. He was excellent over 226 plate appearances against Pioneer League pitching (121 wRC+, 29:21 K:BB) and earned a brief 16-game run in the Midwest League just after his 19th birthday in August. Even after last season, he is still an unknown quantity in certain circles, and the common "worst system in baseball" refrain could lead to his being undervalued heading into 2017. This might be the last chance to buy at a palatable price, as he has the tools to finish the season as a top-50 prospect in the game.
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Moves up to Double-A
2BLos Angeles Angels  AA
July 10, 2018
Jones was promoted to Double-A Mobile on Tuesday.
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Moving to second base
2BLos Angeles Angels  AA
April 2, 2018
Jones is transitioning from the outfield to playing second base, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Reassigned to minors camp
2BLos Angeles Angels  AA
March 13, 2018
The Angels reassigned Jones to their minor-league camp Saturday.
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Getting reps at second base?
2BLos Angeles Angels  AA
February 21, 2018
Jones may get reps at second base this spring, Josh Mayhood of Halos Heaven reports.
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Set to attend spring training
2BLos Angeles Angels  AA
February 6, 2018
Jones was invited to the Angels' spring training as a non-roster invitee, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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