MLB Player Profile: The Pirates 1B/OF Garrett Jones

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Monday, January.07, 2013

Garrett Jones clubbed his way onto the scene in July of 2009 for the Bucs, where he hit .310/.370/1.061 with 10 HRs and 17 RBI in his 1st 100 AB of his Rookie Year.  He would go onto to finish 7th in NL ROY Voting

Garrett Jones clubbed his way onto the scene in July of 2009 for the Bucs, where he hit .310/.370/1.061 with 10 HRs and 17 RBI in his 1st 100 AB of his Rookie Year. He would go onto to finish 7th in NL ROY Voting.

Richie Devotie (Guest Baseball Writer):

Today we will be taking a look at Pittsburgh Pirates First Baseman and Right Fielder Garrett Jones. Jones was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 1999 and made his MLB debut on May 15, 2007 with the Minnesota Twins.   Jones is kind of an all or nothing free swinger as his Career 3 Slash Line of .259/.321/.788 suggests.  He does have some serious HR power when he is on and tends to do most of his damage versus Right Handed Pitching.  In this article, we will dissect his Career performance so far, thus ending up with a verdict whether the Bucs can make the Playoffs and go far with the man as part of their Starting Lineup.

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Jones had his best year for HRs and RBI in 2012, hitting 27 Big Fly's and Adding 86 RBI in just 495 AB.  He finished 9th in the NL for SLG % last year with a .516 clip

Jones had his best year for HRs and RBI in 2012, hitting 27 Big Fly’s and Adding 86 RBI in just 495 AB. He finished 9th in the NL for SLG % last year (.516).

He made his Pittsburgh Pirates debut in 2009 and played 82 games during that rookie campaign  We will take a look at his  In 2009,  Jones played just 82 Games for the pirates. His overall numbers for his first year in the bigs were .293 with 21 HRs and 44 RBI in just 314 AB. Those are pretty good numbers for any rookie and this yielded him 7th in NL Rookie Of The Year Voting.  While Jones hit .293 that season, he splits show a preferred pitcher.  Jones hit .333 vs Right Handed Pitchers  and only .208 vs Left Handed Pitchers. Jones HRs splits were also favorable vs RHP, although he hit 6 HRs vs Lefties  in 101 AB (about 1 HR for per 17 AB),  while 15 HRs vs Righties in 213 AB (or about once per 14 AB.) His Batting Average at home was .304 and away it was .281. He played in just 11 games Pre ALL-Star and played in 71 games post All Star break.

Jones played a full season in the 2010 Year.  He hit .247 with 21 HRs and 86 RBI.  His 3 slash line was .247/.306/.720.  These are hardly any numbers to write home about. In 2011, Jones had an off year. Jones played in 148 games and hit .243 – with 16 HRs and 58 RBI. 2012 was a bounce back year for tall man. He played in 145 games for the Bucs and hit .274 with a Career best of 27 HR and tied his best mark of 86 RBI (but in 100 less AB than 2010.)

In 2013, we should expect to see the same numbers as in 2012 for Jones. He has averaged anywhere from 145 games to 158 games since his rookie year.  Look for 25-30 HRs and 80-90 RBI in about 450-500 AB this season.

The Question:

Can the Pirates win with Jones playing 1B with below average numbers For a 3 Slash-Line – or would he be better suited to join Andrew McCutchen , plus a combination of Travis Snider, Alex Presley or Jose Tabata in the OF? 

The Answer:

Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez will try and pull some of his playing time for either position by performance.  As a Career .198 Hitter vs Left-Handed Pitching, the Pirates should relegate him to Pinch-Hitter Status for games that feature a Left-Handed Starting Pitcher.  I would keep him at 1B and start the year seeing what Travis Snider or others can do in RF.  Jones is even worse versus Lefties coming out of the pen, so the Pirates should just utilize the man for his strengths.  When Lefties start, they should take advantage of Sanchez’s Career 3 Slash of .291/.385/.869 versus Southpaw Pitchers. Jones hits Right Handed Pitchers to a Career 3 Slash of .279/.348/.852,  so maybe capping him at around 450-500 Plate Appearances would see him still garner similar power numbers, yet hit for higher averages across the board for the club.  At least they have more options with the late season pickups of the aforementioned Sanchez and Snider.

A platoon between between Jones and Sanchez at 1st Base would seem to be the logically choice to start the season.  With the Pirates being in the National League, Jones is also an ideal Pinch Hitter in the late innings when you need a blast from the bench.  Jones will also see some At-Bats during Inter-league play at DH.  If properly used right, this man could help carry the Pirates to their 1st Post Season Appearance since 1992.

Jones is more than adequate fielder in both Outfield and First Base.  His 2013 will depend on how he hits versus LHP and how good Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez do in vying for playing time

Jones is more than adequate fielder in both Outfield and First Base. His 2013 will depend on how he hits versus LHP and how good Travis Snider and Gaby Sanchez do in vying for playing time.  However often he plays, the Pirates will need his leadership and power, in order to make a run at a Post Season Playoff Berth.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of www.mlbreports.com and their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to Guest Baseball Writer Richie Devotie. Richie grew up in Southwest Ohio and is a Cincinnati Reds fan. He has been involved with baseball since hewas 10 years old, and now is 25. Richie loves crunching baseball numbers.  Being a Reds fan the last few years has been very good to him as they are amongst the World Series Favorites for the 2013 Year – after winning 2 Divisions in the last 3 years in the NL Central. You can follow Richie on twitter 

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I played competitive baseball until 18 years old and had offers to play NCAA Division 1 University Baseball at Liberty University. Post-concussion symptoms from previous football and baseball head injuries forced me to retire by age 19. After two nearly made World Record Attempts in 2008, I set a New World Record by visiting all 30 MLB Parks (from 1st to last pitch) in only 24 Calendar Days in the summer 0f 2009. In April of 2012, I established yet another new GWR by visiting all 30 Parks in only 23 Calendar Days! You can see the full schedule at the page of the www.mlbreports.com/gwr-tracker

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