Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Prospect Profile: Brandon Jones

Name: Brandon Jones
Age: 22
Position: OF
Height: 6-2
Weight: 195
Bats: L
Throws: R

Brandon Jones was drafted in the 24th round (727th overall) of the 2003 draft out of community college in Florida. Jones played his first season at Danville in 2004. He was pretty impressive with a .297 average and good plate discipline with 23 walks and 33 strikeouts. He only hit 3 homers and stole 4 bases but it was obvious that he had the physical skills to be a 5-tool player. He was a sleeper heading into 2005 with the potential to breakout. Jones started the year great in Rome hitting .308/.423/.577 with 29 walks and 29 strikeouts. The Braves were impressed enough to promote him to Myrtle Beach in the middle of the season. Unfortunately after 60 at-bats, Brandon broke a bone in his hand to sideline him for the remainder of the season. He still hit .350 in his 60 at-bats at Myrtle Beach to solidify himself as a top prospect in the Atlanta organization.

Brandon spent the first part of 2006 recovering from his hand injury from 2005. He had to shake off some rust once he came back but was still the most feared hitter in the Pelicans lineup for the first half of the season. The Braves were impressed enough to send him to Mississippi for the second half. His numbers at Myrtle Beach weren't that impressive but all of the scouts and coaches really liked what they saw out of him. He finished the first half at .259/.332/.424 with 7 home runs and 9 stolen bases. So far at Mississippi, Brandon is hitting .259 and slugging .448. I'm hoping to see some improvement in the second half of this year.
Brandon Jones is already the top outfield prospect in the Braves' system. He possesses all the tools necessary to be a starting outfielder someday. The problem right now is he doesn't do anything great. His power numbers are not tremendous and he is not stealing a ton of bases. However, he is expected to develop more power down the road and he'll learn how to steal bases. At the very worst, I think he'll be a Langerhans type player who can be a very valuable fourth outfielder or platoon starter. However, if he progresses as expected, he should join Andruw Jones as a starting outfielder someday.






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