Cove Chatter Top 2016 Prospects: #30

Augusta GreenJackets vs Greenville Drive
Third baseman Ryder Jones (15) of the Augusta GreenJackets in a game against the Greenville Drive on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville, South Carolina. Jones was a second-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He is listed as the Giants’ No. 15 prospect by Baseball America. Greenville won, 8-5. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

#30: Ryder Jones, 3B, Age 21: The former 2nd round pick and son of a college baseball coach landed at #17 on my pre-season prospects list in 2014 after hitting .317 in his debut summer for the AZL Giants. He opened his first full season as Augusta’s starting SS in favor of Christian Arroyo (a move that still makes me scratch my head some to this day, though both were high school SS), where Jones held his own offensively in the first half, but was demoted to Salem-Keizer after slumping that summer. He hit a combined .225 with 10 HR between both stops, and fell to #26 on my prospects list last winter.

Jones’ average rose to .268 at San Jose in 2015, but he only hit 6 HR and walked just 16 times (with 80 K) in 432 PA. He also committed 19 errors for the 2nd season in a row. It’s hard to make any conclusions from MiLB fielding %, but 44 errors in parts of 3 career seasons is still a bit concerning, and makes me wonder if Jones isn’t a future 1B. Considering he has one of the stronger arms in the system, there’s a chance the organization could try him in the OF as well. Like a handful of other players currently in the system, he’ll really have to increase his power output if he wants to make it at either corner profile.

Jones still has relative youth and physical size on his size, but his left-handed swing can get long at times, and he’s struggled to make consistent contact thus far because of it. A repeat of the Cal League (where he could have competition between fellow top 50 prospects like Arenado, Gomez and Vizcaino) seems appropriate for him at this point.

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2 thoughts on “Cove Chatter Top 2016 Prospects: #30”

  1. Ryder Jones

    He started the season strong.I believe he was hitting 5th in the order.Arroyo went down with an injury.So did others.Because of that he was hitting 2nd, or sometimes 3rd.When Arroyo came back.And,he moved back down in the order.He started hitting again.5th or 6th is a good spot for him.Looks like a .270-.280 hitter.His second season was better than his first.Good size.We’ll see if the bat continues to develop.You might be right about his defensive position being 1B.I think he’ll start the season in AA.

    Peace Cove

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