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Breaking down what LA Angels prospects you could see in Anaheim in 2019

By David Rice
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JULY 08: Salt Lake Bees catcher John Hester talks with baseball legend Dale Murphy during a stop of the 2014 Mobil Super "Go The Distance" Baseball Tour on July 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Mobil Super)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JULY 08: Salt Lake Bees catcher John Hester talks with baseball legend Dale Murphy during a stop of the 2014 Mobil Super "Go The Distance" Baseball Tour on July 8, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Fred Hayes/Getty Images for Mobil Super) /
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SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Jahmai Jones #9 of the Los Angeles Angels bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SURPRISE, AZ – NOVEMBER 03: AFL East All-Star, Jahmai Jones #9 of the Los Angeles Angels bats during the Arizona Fall League All Star Game at Surprise Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Jahmai Jones – 

Jahmai Jones has been one of the Angels most highly regarded prospects since being drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2015 Amateur Draft. Jones was drafted as an outfielder, but was switched this season to second base as the Angels thought it would be a quicker path to the big leagues for Jones if he did so.

Jones is another five-tool player in the Angels minor league system that has tremendous potential.  His hitting has been the issue as of late (2018), but early in his career with the Angels Jones hit much better. In 2016 Jones hit .302 with four homers and drove in 30 runs with 20 stolen bases between Orem and Burlington.

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In 2017 Jones again started in Burlington in Single-A and later with the High Single-A Inland Empire hitting 14 homers with 47 RBIs hitting .282 and he also stole 27 bases. Then in 2018 Jones struggled at the plate hitting only .239 combined between Inland Empire and Double-A Mobile.  Jones did hit 10 homers driving in 55 runs and stealing 24 bases.

What was the most encouraging thing was Jones’ numbers in the Arizona Fall League playing for the Mesa Solar Sox. In 19 games Jones hit .321 with two homers and 11 RBIs and four stolen bases.

Jones will start 2019 most likely in Triple-A with Canning and Suarez.  He will get a chance to show his talent some this Spring in Spring Training.  However, it is unlikely Jones will make the Angels roster to start the season.

Jones is at a position of weakness for the Angels so if he starts well in Triple-A he could find his way to the majors by the All-Star Break.  Like the others I have already mentioned he could get a September call-up to the Angels. He is someone definitely to keep your eye on this season as you may see him in Anaheim.

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