High School | General | 8/6/2019

Area Codes: Day 1 Scout Notes

Connor Spencer        
Photo: Jared Jones (Perfect Game)

Players, scouts and coaches from across the country once again met at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif. for the annual Area Code Games as this year’s best and brightest 2020 ballplayers showcased their stuff before the end-of-summer PG All-American Classic at Petco Park. This year’s high school draft class is one that scouts are hungry to get their hands on as there’s plenty of young top tier talent to snag come next June.

PG All-American and the No. 8-ranked overall 2020 prospect, Jared Jones (2020, Whittier, Calif.), started on the mound for the Brewers and his stuff was again electric in his first inning of work. He sat 90-92 throughout his start while touching 94 mph on a couple of occasions. At times his fastball runs and sinks with solid swing-and-miss actions. Jones uses a high leg lift with a quicker arm action from an over-the-top to high three-quarters slot. There’s a slight hitch in his hard drop-and-drive actions down the hill right after separation. Jones was showcasing his changeup early which is a straight change that he slightly turns over and it comes in around 85-88 mph. When the off-speed does get down into the mid-80s he noticeably changes his arm action to the plate. The velocity differential between his fastball and changeup isn’t ideal, and his off-speed is still so quick that at times he can blow it by hitters. At the next level he’ll need to figure out a way to take something more off that pitch or severely turn it over finding more running action away from lefthanded bats making it more of a screwball much like Griffin Canning. Jones saved his breaking ball until the final pitch of his first inning of work, and when he gets it out in front, it’s a plus pitch. He does have a tendency to let it spin, missing with it high and out arm side. His command wavered in his second inning of work and it took him three or four batters to find the zone again, thus, letting in his one run off a sac fly. Still, he’s a premier prospect thanks to his electric stuff and he’s a legitimate two-way threat.

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