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.

Despite not playing at all in any short season league, Jones quickly established himself as one of the Pirates’ top pitching prospects.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: 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.
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