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Cardinals' Prospects Review: Connor Jones

Connor Jones (Source: MiLB.com) Connor Jones (Source: MiLB.com)
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As the minor league baseball season winds down, we’re taking a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects (including Redbirds) are performing.  The rankings and reports come from MLBPipeline.com.  Last time, we profiled the #15 prospect, 3B Paul DeJong.

14.  Connor Jones  RHP 
6’3”, 200 lbs. 
Bats-Right, Throws-Right. 

Connor Jones was the Friday night starter for the Univ. of Virginia as a sophomore and junior, helping lead the Cavaliers to their first NCAA title in his sophomore year, and turning in a strong performance in his junior year, which led to his being drafted in the second round of the 2016 draft by the Cardinals.  He was seen as a high-floor, low-ceiling safe pick, although the Cardinals gave him an above-pick-value bonus of $1.1 million.

Jones’ best pitch is a heavy sinking fastball that he can run up to 93-94 mph, but sits in the 90-92 range. The sink, rather than the velocity, is his main weapon, as he generates a lot of groundball outs. He throws two breaking balls– a curve that he uses to sneak strike one, and a better slider with late bite that he uses as his out pitch. He also has a changeup with good movement.

Since being drafted this year, Jones has appeared in nine games, four with the Rookie League Gulf Coast Cardinals, and five with the State College Spikes of the NY/Penn League. The organization has been careful with his usage – in 11.2 innings, Jones has given up 12 hits and 5 runs, with 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.  He’ll likely begin 2017 at full-season Peoria in the Midwest League, getting work in the starting rotation. 

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