Sunday, February 27, 2005

Garrett Jones Report

Garrett Jones, 1B, Minnesota Twins
Drafted 444th Overall (14th Rd), 1999 Draft, HS, Tinley Park, IL
Bats L/Throws L
23 YO, 6'4", 205 lbs

Jones is either a late bloomer or a complete fluke depending on how skeptical you are. After a pretty unremarkable career, where his best year was one where he posted a .289/.329/.423 line in the Appy League, he went off on the Eastern League.

2004 Ft Myers: .242/.286/.364, 5 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 19 K, 2 SB, 0 CS, 66 AB
2004 New Britain: .311/.356/.593, 33 2B, 30 HR, 28 BB, 98 K, 10 SB, 4 CS, 450 AB
Career: .249/.301/.431, 79 2B, 65 HR, 43 BB, 457 K, 21 SB, 9 CS, 1600 AB

Now it's very possible that he learned how to hit this season, but I'll believe it when he repeats the heroics of 2004. His plate discipline, while better than it has been in the past, still stinks. And everything he did is completely unsupported by everything else he's done in his career.

One nice thing I have to say about him is that he appears to have good footspeed for a first baseman. You don't see many guys at that position who steal double digit bases with anything remotely resembling a respectable percentage. That speaks to a certain amount of athleticism.

He has some upside if the power surge is real, but Jones looks more like AJ Zapp than Travis Hafner to me.

ETA: 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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