College of the Canyons, CA (JUCO)
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: Not Listed
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Teams looking for talent in the junior college ranks might want to look at the power right arm of Jones. He jumped on the prospect map this year, his first at College of the Canyons after a transfer from Pepperdine. A starter now, his future may be in the bullpen, where his fastball, which touches the mid-90s, and his inconsistent power breaking ball, would play up. While his command improved this season, it’s still not great, and he doesn’t have a very good feel for the changeup. Teams who see him as a possible short reliever, though, might take a shot in the early rounds.
Jones started his collegiate career at Pepperdine before transferring to Canyons, where he has shortened his arm stroke and improved his alignment by throwing across his body less. His arm strength has caught scouts’ attention, making him a candidate to be a top-five round pick. At his best, Jones has touched 95-97 mph, but he works more consistently in the 88-93 range. His fastball command is spotty at best. His breaking ball is inconsistent, sometimes looking like a slightly above-average power curveball in the 80-83 mph range, sometimes getting slurvish, and usually rating below-average. He has limited feel for a changeup, and he profiles best as a reliever.