Wednesday, February 11, 2015

DrB's 2015 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #49 Christian Jones

Christian Jones, LHP.  DOB:  1/27/1991.  6'3", 210 lbs.

2014  Low A:  5-9, 3.33, 110.2 IP, 2.11 BB/9, 8.13 K/9, GO/AO= 2.05.

Christian Jones was drafted in round 18 out of Oregon in 2013.  As a sophomore in 2011, he was looked upon as a possible future first rounder.  Then he missed all of 2012 with TJ and worked out of the pen in 2013 as a redshirt Jr in a rehab year which hit his draft stock.  He signed with the Giants to get his pro career started rather than try to rebuild his draft stock as a redshirt senior.  The Giants like to grab these former studs whose stock drops for whatever reason.

Jones has a nice frame.  He pitches with a minimal windup and has a very low 3/4 delivery, almost sidearm.  I don't have much of a scouting report, but found one mention of a 90-91 MPH FB with a ton of natural sink.  Based on what I saw in a couple of videos, I would guess that his main secondary pitch is a sinking changeup that he puts on the outside corner to RH batters.  As you can see, he had a very nice K/BB for Augusta with elite GB ratios.  He faded a bit down the stretch as you might expect with the jump in innings.

Expect to see him in San Jose to start 2015 which will be a much sterner test than Augusta which is very pitcher-friendly.  With that delivery, he might be better suited for a future bullpen role, but the extreme GB tendency and changeup should also play against RH batters.


  1. A potential first rounder, at 24 years old, with TJ history, as your 49th best prospect is not bad at all.

    Here's hoping he's a sleeper who will wake some people up, with another year removed from the surgery.

  2. So long Chris Dominguez. It was nice while it lasted. Signed by the Reds....


  3. Kudos to Oregon ' s coach George Horton for limiting Jones' s role to relief pitching in 2013 to keep the pitcher healthy. So what if it may have hurt Jones's draft stock. He was throwing 82-83 in a game here so it's good to see him at 90-91 now. He does sound like a nice LHP sleeper prospect.