Pittsburgh Pirates third round pick JaCoby Jones is expected to miss the rest of the year with a knee injury, Pirates Prospects has learned. The injury hasn’t been officially announced by the Pirates, and no word on the nature of the injury. Jones left Saturday’s game after getting a single in his first at-bat. In 15 games he had a .311/.358/.459 line in 61 at-bats, with one homer. Jones played ten games in center field, and five at shortstop.
Jones was taken by the Pirates with the 87th overall pick in this year’s draft. Baseball America had him rated as the 75th best player in the draft. He’s an ultra-toolsy player with excellent speed and raw power. The knock on him was that he had issues making contact, although those issues didn’t show up in his limited time with Jamestown.
Jones was one of the biggest upside picks in the middle rounds of the 2013 draft. A knee injury is never good to hear, since you don’t always know how a guy will bounce back from that. No word on if Jones will be healthy in time to start the 2014 season.
UPDATE TUESDAY 11:29 AM: I couldn’t confirm the specifics, but it’s a right knee injury for Jones. The current plan is to reevaluate him in a couple of weeks and then determine the next steps.