James Jones: One To Watch
by Nigel Chiwaya
Jun 10, 2009 | 2647 views | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With all the talk of Stephen Strausburg, we’re excited about local prospect James Jones.

Jones, a junior at Long Island University, is one of those thrilling players that can almost play any position and shine. And shine he has, batting .364 with a team-leading nine home runs for the Blackbirds. Jones is also an accomplished base runner, stealing a career high 20 bases this season- a mark that ranks third all-time in LIU history.

But Jones’ bat and feet aren’t why he is considered the top prospect in New York. No, it’s Jones’ left arm and 94-mph fastball. The lefty fanned 64 batters in 69 ½ innings last season (take a moment to think about that ratio.) Jones has struck out an incredible 172 batters during his LIU career.

Several draft sites have pegged Jones as a middle-round selection, and MLBdraftsite.net has Jones going to the Rockies in round 4. Wherever he goes, he is sure to be one to watch.
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