By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
January 17, 2010
I thought Daryl Jones had some of the better hands I saw in the Arizona Fall League, enough to make me think that he’s going to have a little bit more power than his 5-11, 180 frame suggests he will.
Batting practice in Arizona always has to be taken with a grain of salt because of the thin air. But the left-handed hitting Jones showed a little bit of power to right-center, which is a good sign. Power won’t be his ticket, but it won’t hurt if he’s viewed at the major league level as an occasional threat. I think his hands are going to allow him to develop that. I can’t stress that enough. From a scouting perspective, I want guys who can generate bat speed and wait for a pitch to get deep. I think Jones can do that. I think he’s aggressive and he’s developing a feel for discipline. He’s an above-average athlete, with quick muscle actions. I liked the guy as a Whitey Herzog type of ballplayer with a little less height and a little more pop.
Daryl Jones, OF
Games seen: 2, Innings: 15
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Slight built, average height, loose and athletic, not very bulky.
STRENGTHS: Fast hands, keeps bat level and in hitting zone for a long time, hits off firm front, handsy, above-average speed, makes solid contact.
WEAKNESSES: Below-average arm strength, hands need to become softer in outfield, defensive footwork needs to continue improving.
SUMMARY: Two plus tools, contact and speed. Classic Cardinal top-of-the-order type. Needs to play CF or LF.
Overall Future Potential: 54