Detroit Tigers: Three Prospects Who Shouldn’t Be Traded at Deadline
2. JaCoby Jones
Of all the prospects in the Detroit Tigers minor league system—save perhaps Matt Manning—JaCoby Jones may have the highest upside.
A .275 career hitter in the minors, Jones is a tremendous athlete and could be a long-term answer for Detroit at just about every position that doesn’t involve pitching or catching games behind the plate.
Jones came to the Tigers predominantly playing shortstop, but the player acquired for Joakim Soria has seen time at third base, first base and in center field since joining the Detroit organization.
In addition to having potential all over the diamond, Jones has tremendous raw power and the speed to do damage on the base paths. The player has 46 home runs and 49 RBI since making his professional debut in the Pittsburgh system in 2013.
“Stuffing the stat sheet” is generally a phrase reserved for basketball, but Jones has done just that. In addition to the home runs and the steals, the prospect has added 188 RBI, 180 runs scored, 58 doubles and 14 triples.
The Tigers recently promoted him to Triple-A, and he could make his Major League debut in Detroit before the playoffs roll around in October.