Blue Jays Bradley Jones Closing Season with a Bang

A late round selection from this year’s draft, Blue Jays Bradley Jones, has been unstoppable for Bluefield during the final month of the season

 

Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin been carrying the Toronto Blue Jays offence of late. Over the past 30 games these two All-Stars have hit 9 home runs each. Russell Martin has driven in 22 runs to go with his 9 home runs.

However, Toronto’s third baseman or catcher aren’t the hottest Blue Jay. That honor belongs to Bluefield Blue Jays 1st/3rd/DH.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Bradley Jones 552 overall in the 18th round of this year’s draft. The 21-yr-old has gone 38 for 100, 11 doubles, 9 home runs, and a system leading 38 runs batted in over the past month.

Bradley Jones joins fellow College of Charleston alums 3rd baseman Carl Wise (4th round in 2015), and 2nd baseman Gunnar Heidt (13th round in 2014) in Toronto’s system.

The son of Kerim Jones and Mandi Lasker played 3 years with the Charleston Cougars. In his sophomore year Jones batted .309 with 11 home runs, while driving in 45 runs batted in over 57 games.

In his final year in South Carolina Bradley Jones finished with a slash line of .283/.385/.489, 12 doubles, 11 home runs and drove in 46 RBI. At the plate Bradley showed a good eye with 35 walks and 49 strike outs.

Jones lead his team with 62 hits, slugging percentage, RBI, HR, doubles, and 107 total bases.

Despite finishing his college career off strong, Jones was slow out of the gates as a pro. Jones hit just .192, striking out 8 times and walking just once in seven June games.

A change in the calendar resulted in a change in fortune for Jones. Bradley Jones went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and 3 RBI on July 1st. He would increase his batting average to .278 in the first week of July.

In July Jones still experienced some growing pains. He had a 0-for-18 stretch that saw his batting average go from .250 to .202.  Overall, Jones fared much better in July.

Bradley Jones really caught fire after going 0-for-6 on August 1st. He was hitting .220 and jut struck out 6 times as Bluefield beat Burlington 6-5 in 13 innings. The next day Jones went 1-for-4 to bump his average to .221. His batting average would never dip below this mark.

August saw the 6’1″, 180 pound Jones hit .346 with 9 home runs, 36 RBI and 11 doubles over 28 games.

Manager Dennis Holmberg been penciling Jones in the 4th and 5th spot in the lineup, behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Holmberg utilized Jones as the clubs primary 1st baseman (35GP) while filling in at 3rd (16GP).

Bradley Jones 2016 Stats

Year Tm G PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2016 Bluefield 61 256 41 69 18 1 16 55 16 4 17 71 .291 .336 .578 .914
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/4/2016.

Bluefield’s 1st baseman leads the league in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, ISO (.287), and wRC (48). He is 2nd in the league with 18 doubles, 4th in hits (69) and strike outs (71).

Credit: MLBfarm.com
Credit: MLBfarm.com

Unfortunately, Jones excellent power numbers aren’t without consequence. Jones swings hard, which results is some ugly swings, lots of K’s and makes him a little pull happy. Fortunately, many of Jones hits have avoided gloves, giving him an above average BABIP (.349), wRC+ (144) and wOBA (.401).

Credit: MLBfarm.com
Credit: MLBfarm.com

The chart above illustrates Jones tendency to be pull happy, sending most of his balls in play to the left side of the diamond.

Credit: MLBfarm.com
Credit: MLBfarm.com

The chart above illustrates Jones puts the ball on the ground more frequently than expected in a power hitter.  Jones hit ground balls at a rate of 1.52 GO/AO.

Where does Bradley Jones stand in the organization?

As the 2016 season comes to a close Bradley Jones is behind Lansing Lugnuts Juan Kelly. In 2017, Jones should by-pass Vancouver and head straight to Lansing.

 

 

 

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Ryan Mueller

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