is probably the Orioles' most recognized player in the national media. He now has a Gold Glove and an All Star Appearance to his name. But is he really all that he is made out to be?
-CF had 21 qualifying players at it's position.
-Some guys such as Josh Hamilton and John Jay did not play the entire 2011 season in CF, but I still counted them as qualifiers.
Here are Jones' stats and where he ranks off the 21 qualifying CF:
As seen above:
Jones is middle of the pack in PA, Doubles, K%, BABIP, wOBA, and WAR.
Jones is below the pack in BB%, and FLD
Jones is above the pack in HR, and SLG%
It's pretty evident that while Jones packs some power with his game, he also lacks the patience and on-base skills to truly put him on the level with players such as Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury, Matt Kemp, and Andrew McCutchen.
Even though Jones comes off just as average based off the above rankings, it is important to remember that there are only 21 qualifiers. Based off the total league achievements, Jones is above average.
2012 will be a very important year for Jones. Can he take his game to the next level? Can he improve his patience and on-base skills enough to dramatically change his stats?
If Jones can do any of the above, he could be in line for a huge pay-day from the Orioles. He could also be a trade target if the Orioles deem him unnecessary of a new contract
Stats from Fangraphs: http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?p ... &sort=20,d