Jared Jones

JARED JONES, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: August 14, 2001
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 180
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 44th Overall, 2020
How Acquired: Draft
High School: La Mirada (CA) HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Jones is an exceptional athlete who pitched and played outfield in high school.  He has great arm speed that generates a mid- to upper-90s fastball.  He also has a potential plus slider and curve, and a developing change.  Jones doesn’t have great size and throws with some effort, so there could be some question going forward about whether he’ll be a starter.  The Pirates, though, will no doubt try to develop him that way.  Baseball America rated him 41st among draft prospects, which is exactly where the Pirates selected him.  He had a commitment to Texas, but signed for well above the slot amount of $1,689,500.

2020
DNP

2021
A:  3-6-0, 4.64 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 66.0 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 14.0 K/9

The Pirates held Jones back until late May, then he went to Bradenton.  He showed electric stuff, as the K rate implies.  His fastball at times sat at 96-97 mph.  He had stretches where he was nearly unhittable, such as one four-inning start in which he fanned 11.  Jones also had stretches when his command faltered and he walked too many.  For some reason, he was much tougher against left-handed batters, holding them to a .570 OPS, compared to .856 for right-handed batters.  He also pitched better at home than on the road, even though many of the team’s hitters hit much better at home.

2022
A+:  5-7-0, 4.62 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 122.2 IP, 3.7 BB/9, 10.4 K/9

Jones had an uneven season.  On the plus side, he made 26 starts and nearly doubled his innings total from the previous year.  His K rate was very good and he cut the walks back to a reasonable level.  On the negative side, he got hit a little harder than you’d hope for a guy with his stuff.  Opponents slugged .413 against him in a league where the average was .391.  He also gave up 19 home runs.

Jones is still a work in progress, but there’s no question about him having a high ceiling.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $2,200,000
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2024
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 11, 2020: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round, 44th overall pick; signed on July 2.