JaCoby Jones
JaCoby Jones
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Detroit Tigers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Jones managed to crack the Tigers' Opening Day roster and began the season in a reserve role, but before long was seeing a heavy share of starts in left and center field. The 26-year-old finished with a .207/.266/.364 slash line with 11 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 467 PA, with the bulk of his value coming from his work on defense. The outfielder's low walk rate (5.1%) and high strikeout rate (30.4%) are multi-year patterns, making it difficult to see a significant jump offensively. Jones is a defensive-oriented outfielder and could very well end up as the Tigers' Opening Day starter in center field, but he hasn't flashed enough of a consistent bat in the majors (.199 career AVG) to warrant much fantasy attention. Read Past Outlooks
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Back in leadoff spot Sunday
OFDetroit Tigers
June 16, 2019
Jones is starting in center field and batting first in Sunday's game against Cleveland.
Jones got Saturday off, though he did have an unsuccessful pinch-hitting appearance. The 27-year-old outfielder will slot back in as the leadoff hitter, which has become his standard spot lately. Jones has earned the chance with a .341/.413/.634 slash line this month.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .608 199 25 4 16 6 .196 .268 .341
Since 2017vs Right .646 625 64 18 52 19 .213 .276 .371
2019vs Left .631 38 4 1 2 1 .242 .297 .333
2019vs Right .781 165 17 7 19 5 .243 .321 .459
2018vs Left .618 120 15 1 8 3 .194 .275 .343
2018vs Right .634 347 39 10 26 10 .212 .263 .371
2017vs Left .562 41 6 2 6 2 .158 .220 .342
2017vs Right .491 113 8 1 7 4 .175 .248 .243
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS at Home
OPS on Road
OPS at Home
OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .687 385 52 15 41 7 .219 .278 .409
Since 2017Away .593 439 37 7 27 18 .201 .270 .323
2019Home .656 101 12 5 11 1 .189 .267 .389
2019Away .850 102 9 3 10 5 .297 .366 .484
2018Home .705 209 31 8 21 3 .232 .278 .428
2018Away .567 258 23 3 13 10 .187 .257 .311
2017Home .676 75 9 2 9 3 .221 .293 .382
2017Away .354 79 5 1 4 3 .123 .190 .164
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Stat Review
How does JaCoby Jones compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
By slashing .327/.377/.510 in 49 Grapefruit League at-bats, Jones managed to break camp with the Tigers. He even cracked a three-run homer on Opening Day. It was downhill from there for the 25-year-old outfielder, as he was hit in the face a few weeks later, requiring a month's stay on the disabled list. At the time, he was sporting a weak .150/.244/.300 line. Jones came back in late May, only to be sent to Triple-A Toledo 10 days later. Jones continued to struggle, hitting .245/.314/.387 on the farm before injuries and trades in Motown prompted his recall in mid-August. From there, Jones didn't fare much better, slashing .189/.247/.278 with a 40 percent strikeout rate. Jones has tools but has yet to channel them into baseball skills. Detroit is in retooling mode, so they could give Jones another chance. However, it's hard to imagine he can reverse a long history of elevated strikeouts with little plate patience.
A third-round pick in 2013, Jones has risen through the minors steadily, split between the organizations of the Pirates and the Tigers, but he did little in his first exposure to Triple-A last season (90 wRC+) to warrant an extended look in the show. He got a cup of coffee with the Tigers in September and predictably fell flat. He could offer gap power with the potential for double-digit steals over the course of a full season, but his hit tool may simply be too poor for the whole package to work. The trade of Cameron Maybin might thrust Jones into a regular role as Detroit's center fielder before his bat is ready, but his development would be best served by a few hundred more plate appearances at Triple-A in order to ensure a smoother transition to the bigs. He was also a full-time center fielder for the first time in 2016, and the Tigers might want to see some more innings from Jones in the pasture before entrusting him with the keys to center field in Detroit.
Jones has always been a difficult player to evaluate, as his above-average power and speed leads to impressive counting stats, but it’s also hard to ignore the holes in his swing and his lack of a true position. The Tigers saw something they liked, as he was the lone piece they received from Pittsburgh in a deadline deal for Joakim Soria. Unfortunately, he will miss the first 50 games of 2016 after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a second time. Jones had 16 homers, 25 steals (on 32 attempts), and a .257/.322/.415 line between two organizations in 2015 while splitting time at High-A and Double-A as a 23-year-old. Shortstop is his current position, but at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, he is a better fit at third base. This fits perfectly with what the Tigers may need in the near future if Nick Castellanos continues to turn in below replacement-level campaigns. Still, the potential for a utility player or Quad-A type remains the most likely long-term outcome for Jones.
Jones, a 2013 third-round draft pick, has one of the highest offensive upsides in the Pittsburgh organization. He hit .288/.347/.503 with 23 homers and 17 stolen bases for Low-A West Virginia in 2014, though at 22, the LSU product was a bit old for his level. He also committed 24 errors in 99 games at shortstop, bringing into question whether he ultimately might move to another position. Jones has experience in center field, but the Pirates' stacked outfield might mean a move to second or third base in the future. For now, he'll continue moving up the organizational ladder -- most likely playing for High-A Bradenton in 2015 -- in a farm system lacking players with his potential offensive ceiling.
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Day off Saturday
OFDetroit Tigers
June 15, 2019
Jones is not in the lineup Saturday against Cleveland, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Returns to starting nine
OFDetroit Tigers
June 14, 2019
Jones (elbow) is leading off and starting in center field Friday against the Indians, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Leaves with elbow contusion
OFDetroit Tigers
June 13, 2019
Jones was removed from Thursday night's game against the Royals due to a bruised left elbow.
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Scores twice from leadoff spot
OFDetroit Tigers
June 12, 2019
Jones went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored in Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Royals.
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Drives in five in win
OFDetroit Tigers
June 8, 2019
Jones went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Saturday's 9-3 win over the Twins.
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