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LA Angels Top Prospect Moving Up

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 06: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is doused with a sports drink by teammates Jose Briceno #10 and Andrelton Simmons #2 after their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Dodgers 3-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 06: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim is doused with a sports drink by teammates Jose Briceno #10 and Andrelton Simmons #2 after their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium on July 6, 2018 in Anaheim, California. The Angels defeated the Dodgers 3-2. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels have seen their farm system go from one of the worst of all time to a solid unit over the past couple of years. One of the top prospects, Jahmai Jones, has been consistently improving since his debut in 2015. Now, he will be moving up to Double-A for the first time in his career.

Jahmai Jones was made apart of the LA Angels farm system revolution when he was taken in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft. The former outfielder skipped college to start his professional career, and has become a main part of the Angels’ future.

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This offseason, the centerfielder made the switch to second base. His superb athleticism projected well for the outfield, but his quick first step and range could make him a Gold Glove caliber second baseman if he can learn the nuances of the position. It also gives him versatility, which general manager Billy Eppler has shown to love. The Angels Top 30 prospects list is littered with potential above-average outfielders, and now Jones is rated as the third best second base prospect in baseball, per MLB.com.

Prior to his call up, Jahmai Jones was struggling in 2018. He is only hitting .235 this season, with an on-base plus slugging percentage of .783. Jones has improved his plate discipline though, as his strikeout percentage of 18.1 is a career-low, and his walk rate of 12.4% is a career best.

Jahmai Jones development has been slow, but consistent. He was originally expected to be in the majors by 2019, but that seems unlikely at this point. Part of that is his slump this season, but another reason could be the emergence of David Fletcher. Fletcher is hitting .281 for the Halos on the season, and could be considered the favorite to take over at second base in 2019.

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Whether or not he debuts in 2018, 2019, or beyond, one thing is certain with Jones. He is the Angels second baseman of the future, and he will be worth the wait.

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