Jones is one of three Orioles, along with catcher Matt Wieters and pitcher Brian Matusz, that have huge potential at young ages. The trio is also living up to most of its expectations so far, though Orioles fans are looking for more of them in 2011.
Jones' 2010 showed the type of talent the 25-year-old can bring to the table. With a slash line of .284/.325/.442 that still has room to grow, Jones is in a season in which we should see the best year of his career.
Jones possesses 25-30 homer potential with a chance to get 20 steals while hitting about .290 over the next four or five years. Even if he doesn't reach those numbers, scratching them will make a very good everyday player.
I found some interesting numbers from Jones when you look closer at his 2010 season:
Pre-All Star break: .276/.304/.453, 13 homers, 39 RBI, three stolen bases, 76 strikeouts.
Post-All Star break: .296/.355/.426, five homers, 30 RBI, four stolen bases, 43 strikeouts.
Jones seemed to improve his all-around approach in the second half, though some fans may not like the drop in home runs. He hit for a higher average, walked more (one walk per 35.1 at bats before the break, one every 17.6 at bats after), increased his doubles (1-29.25 before the break, 1-17.6 after) and slightly lowed his strikeout break by about one at-bat. He also improved his stolen base percentage, as he was 3-for-8 in the first half and 4-for-6 afterwards.
Is this a sign that he is maturing as an all-around player, or an anomaly?
I think Jones will continue to have an approach closer to his second half, though I expect the homer total will get closer to the rate that it was in the first half, putting him in a good spot for the future.