For years owners have been able to pencil in Adam Jones for a batting average in the .280s, 25-30 home runs, 10-15 steals, 90-100 runs and 85-90 RBI. While he still delivered power, runs and RBI in 2016, he was a below league-average hitter (96 wRC+) for the first time since 2008, and stole fewer than five bases for the second year in a row. Projection systems will forecast a batting average in the .270 range rather than the .280 range. A trend of hitting more balls in the air and fewer on the ground has led to subpar batting averages on balls in play over the past two seasons, culminating in a 1.06 GB/FB last season, by far his lowest mark since 2007. Jones has been a nearly everyday player at a physically taxing position; that workload takes a toll, as we are similarly seeing with Andrew McCutchen. He needs to be viewed as a three-category player going forward.
Jones went 3-for-3 with a two-run blast and one walk in Tuesday's come-from-behind victory over the Rays. The outfielder's two-run shot, his fourth of the year, in the seventh inning off Chris Archer capped the comeback and put the O's ahead for good. Jones, who entered the contest just 4-for-32 with no extra-base hits against Archer, also doubled off the Rays' ace in the fourth inning as part of his perfect night at the plate. The 31-year-old has been a constant producer early in the 2017 campaign. He's hit safely in 16 of 18 games this year -- currently riding a seven-game streak -- and has scored a run in five straight contests.
Jones went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in a loss against the Reds on Tuesday. For a guy who consistently hits close to 30 homers every season, Jones got little love in this year's drafts, but he's off to a solid start with three homers and a .277 average in 12 games. The veteran center fielder looks like he's set for another typical campaign by his standards while hitting in a power-packed Baltimore lineup.
Jones went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jays. The 31-year-old has two hits through the first two games of the season, and both have gone for extra bases. Jones has been a rock-solid power source for the O's, recording at least 25 homers and 80 RBI in six straight seasons, and he's off to a good start in his quest to make it seven straight.
Jones went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored a run in Monday's regular-season opener against the Jays. Hitting second in the order, Jones smacked a double off Marco Estrada in his first at-bat of the season. After drawing a free pass in the third inning, the veteran outfielder came around to score which gave the O's an early 2-0 lead. He failed to reach base in each of his next three plate appearances, but overall it was a productive effort for Jones on Opening Day.
Jones, who hit from the leadoff spot in 73 percent of his at-bats last season, will move down in the batting order this year, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Jones batted second Wednesday night for Team USA and he hit from the two-hole in all six of his spring games with the Orioles. The newly-acquired Seth Smith is expected to take over the top spot in the lineup while all indications suggest Jones will slot in at No. 2 on the card when Opening Day rolls around. In 605 career at-bats as the second hitter, the center fielder owns a .291/.337/.479 slash line. Moving out of the leadoff spot should give Jones a bump in RBI chances while he enjoys the protection of Manny Machado looming in the on-deck circle during his at-bats.
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