Prospect Highlights: Homer From JaCoby Jones, Strikeout By Worley

The rare West Virginia Power highlights continue for at least one more day. Today’s best is JaCoby Jones with a first inning solo homer. He drove in two runs in the game and finished with three hits, missing the cycle by a triple. Jones has six homers this year, 12 stolen bases and a .776 OPS. In April he hit for a higher average, batting over .300, while the average has dipped to .240 in May, but the OPS in nearly identical thanks to five homers this month. He’s showing signs on being the breakout player they hoped, though there are still some flaws, specifically defense and strikeouts. Jones leads the Power with 13 errors and 53 strikeouts. Some of the defensive issues are due to playing shortstop everyday, when some believed he would be a second baseman or outfielder. The strikeouts are still high though, especially considering that Jones is a 22-year-old from a major college program that is playing in low-A ball. The hope is that the positives outweigh the negatives and because he is a toolsy, gifted athlete, that is definitely a possibility down the line.

The second highlight from today is the final strikeout by Vance Worley in his 10 strikeouts performance. You get to see the entire at-bat, which also includes a very nice catch from the bullpen catcher in the middle of warm-ups. Worley went eight innings in the 5-2 win over Buffalo. He has pitched a total of 33 innings in five starts, going at least six frames in each game. While he isn’t really a prospect, you could say that there is the prospect of him helping the Pittsburgh Pirates at some point this season.

John Dreker

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • leadoff

    JaCoby Jones looks like a keeper to me.

  • leadoff

    John, do you know if they made any mechanical adjustments with Worley?

  • pilbobuggins

    The amount of depth in the pirates organization is staggering. As a lifelong pirates fan it is certainly nice to see after many,many lean years( not just that forgetable 20year strech) I really hope worley continues to improve it looks like the bucs are gonna need him at some point.