Saturday, October 09, 2004

Daily Prospect Report 10/9

Mitch Jones, OF, New York Yankees
Drafted 7th Round, 2000 Draft, Arizona State
Bats R/Throws R
26 YO, 6'2", 215 lbs

Lost in the glow that was Ryan Howard's domination of Eastern League pitching was a similar season by Trenton slugger Mitch Jones. Since being drafted by the Yankees, he advanced quickly to AA, and has since gotten hung up there. He hit 23 home runs for the Thunder in 2003, and slugged 39 balls over the fence this year. His final 2004 line shapes up as .246/.334/.548 in 496 AB. You can tell a lot from a line like that. He obviously doesn't put the ball in play much. He obviously hits it really hard when he does. And he obviously has a nice walk rate. For the record, he struck out 152 times, he smacked 25 doubles and 4 triples to go with his 39 homers. And he drew 68 walks.

The downside is that he's already 26 years old, so the future is now, and he was a little old for AA. He could end up being a late bloomer and contribute off the bench for the Yankees, but unless you have an established reputation as a great prospect, this kind of all or nothing slugger usually has a hard time breaking in as a regular. It would be a shame if he didn't get some sort of audition next season. While being an old prospect tempers expectations, it doesn't mean that he can't be productive. Those in roto leagues can keep him in mind as a deep, deep sleeper candidate for 2005 and 2006.

ETA: 2005
2 1/2 Stars

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