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Jones Living up to the Hype

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The Braves have two very big Joneses that have become the face of the franchise. Chipper and Andruw are synonymous to the tomahawk they wear across their chest to any baseball fan. Another Jones may be making a name for himself though very soon. Brandon Jones has put himself right up at the front of the line for a major-league promotion after he has finally turned his tools into performance this year. Chop-n-Change is taking a look at the outfielder after his promotion to†Triple-A Richmond†today. The 23-year old outfielder was selected by the Braves in the 24th round of the 2003 June Amateur Draft out of Tallahassee Community College. Jones was touted as being an extremely athletic and very toolsy player that had a long way to go to put it all together. That is the praise scouts give a lot of players who turn out as flops but Jones has finally put it all together. Through his first three years in the minors, Jones never really did much to blow people out of the water. Early on in his pro career, scouts said he had tools and we have to wait but after last year it almost seemed as though people were giving up on him to ever reach the ceiling he was thought to have. Maybe he took that as a challenge or maybe not but Jones has destroyed the Southern League, hitting a robust .291/.368/.507 with†15 homeruns,†12 stolen bases, and leads the league with 74 RBIs. Now he gets to try his hand against some more advanced competition. What kind of player should we expect Jones to be? The opinion varies greatly between scouts. One report I have seen tabs him as a .300 hitting who will hit 15-20 HRs. Some think he will hit for a higher average, more power, etc. We could see Jones as early as September but most likely fighting for a starting job in spring training. His plate discipline (44 walks and 84 strikeouts in 365 at bats) leads me to believe a .300 average is a bit of a stretch.† .275 to .290 seems reasonable though. Now for the power. Assuming he got around 650-700 at bats, Jones is on pace to just about double the homerun total and I think he could easily surpass 25 homeruns annually down the road and maybe even hit as many as 30 or 35. Not too shabby for a left-handed bat. Add onto this his speed, which could produce a decent amount of steals (maybe 15-20), good defense, and a pretty strong arm and you have got quite a prospect. He isn't the superstar or an annual All-Star probably but he is a guy that will have a very good career with maybe a couple mid-Summer classic appearances here and there.

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