Pirates 3rd Round Pick JaCoby Jones Expected to Miss the Rest of the Year

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.

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  • https://profiles.google.com/105668650510920614054 Brian Bernard

    I am disappointed big time in this news. I hate to see the progress JaCoby was making this year end now, really exciting guy in my mind, with big time potential. Athletic shortstop. Good luck in your recovery kid!

    • BuccosFanStuckinMD

      That is a shame for him…I hope he recovers 110% and comes back even stronger next year.

      Even with this injury though, he did play a lot of baseball this year – between LSU and Jamestown. I just hope it is not one of those major knee injuries where he is out for a year.

  • http://atung.net/ Steve Zielinski

    Pirates’ Luck…..

  • https://profiles.google.com/101510909979106143098 David Lewis

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

    Between this and Grilli’s injury, I am not a happy Foo this morn.