After being traded to the Orioles in 2006, center fielder Adam Jones has become the face of the Orioles franchise.
As much as it may pain me to not put the two time All-Star who helped lead the Orioles to their first playoff berth since 1997 at No. 1 on this list, I can't bring myself to do it just yet.
Adam Jones could one day see his name at the top of a list such as this, but he may need to put together some stronger seasons to be the No. 1 player.
Jones has been a stud for the Orioles. The 27-year-old center fielder has grown into one of the top center fielders in the league, and, at this rate, the sky is the limit for what he could accomplish in his career.
The Orioles traded pitcher Erik Bedard to the Seattle Mariners in 2008 in exchange for the young center fielder—a trade that worked out well for the Orioles, as Bedard has since seen his career dwindle, while Jones' continues to be on the rise.
Since joining the Orioles in 2008, Jones has hit .281, compiling 104 home runs and 363 RBI over that period. Last year, he was a centerpiece in the Orioles' offense en route to their improbable playoff run. Jones led the team in batting average (.287), hits (186), runs scored (103), doubles (39) and games played (162).
He has also developed into one of the top defensive outfielders in the league, having won two Gold Gloves in his first five seasons with the team.
Jones signed a six-year, $85 million extension with the Orioles in May of last season, meaning the center fielder will have plenty of time to continue his rise in the Orioles organization.