The Detroit Tigers have seen their centerfielder JaCoby Jones get off to a hot start in the 2020 season.
While the Detroit Tigers continue to go through workouts ahead of their season resumption, take a look at JaCoby Jones. Through the first ten games of the season, Jones has been off to quite the start and not just in the batters’ box, making plays in the outfield as well.
The twenty-eight-year-old centerfielder is looking to get a full season in the books in 2020 after struggling with some injuries making things tough for Jones and shortening seasons. Though 2020 is a 60-game sprint, he looks to be in the Tigers lineup all season long.
Jones has played in nine games for the Tigers so far, missing only one contest, totaling 31 plate appearances. He has produced a .379/.419/.793 slash with three home runs and seven RBI, with six total extra-base hits.
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It has been a heck of a start for the Tigers being 5-5 through ten games, and without Jones getting off to a hot start, some of the Tigers wins may not be won. Beyond the box score, Jones ranks pretty well in terms of his advanced metrics found on Baseball Savant.
Looking at Jones, he in the 63rd percentile for exit velocity, 81st percentile for Hard Hit percentage, 89th percentile for xWOBA, and the 90th percentile for barrel percentage. Though Jones has made some great plays in the field, his defensive metrics are not as positive or inviting.
He does, however, rank in the 85th percentile of Outs Above Average (OAA) even though he is in the lower percentiles in Sprint Speed and Outfield Jump categories. He has looked like a gold-glover just looking at some of the highlight-reel catches in the Tigers outfield.
The season is a sixth of the way complete, and it looks like the Tigers can expect Jones to continue the tear he is on and play quality baseball for the organization. Jones was in a make or break season, poised for an excellent return, and he has proved that he is going to be a force at the plate.
Hopefully, Jones can carry this success through the 2020 season and become a force in the Tigers lineup. He started out the season as the Tigers nine-hitter as well as being Ron Gardenhire’s “second leadoff” hitter at the bottom of the lineup.
The Detroit Tigers can only hope that JaCoby Jones continues to stay on this tear at the plate, helping the Tigers offense, possibly lighting a fire under some other players to get the offense clicking.