Q&A with Jays' 20th Round Pick Dennis Jones

We talked to the Blue Jays' 20th round pick, Dennis Jones, for a Q&A session. Find out what the centerfielder from Hillsborough Community College has to say about his game, his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more!

FutureJays.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?

Dennis Jones: Oh man, it's an honor. The Jays seem like a great organization and I'm excited to start working with them. I got to meet Jose Bautista in Atlanta the past week and that was awesome. When I saw them play and met a few players, they really have a good work ethic and team atmosphere and all feel they have a good chance to win in the coming years.

FutureJays.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?

Jones: I have good range and speed. I started in the leadoff spot and began to learn switch-hitting because we were short on left-handed bats in our lineup. That dropped my batting average a little bit, that led to me starting to pitch. Some scouts were interested in my pitching as well as. I would just say that I'm an all-around athlete.

FutureJays.com: Tell me about what you would say your strengths and your weaknesses are?

Jones: My strengths are being able to play multiple roles for my team and always be a consistent contributor every game. My weakness last year was my hitting because I was juggling trying to learn to hit lefty, as well as keep a good swing righty.

FutureJays.com: How about your defensive game?

Jones: I feel I am a very solid defensive outfielder and I have a good arm. Last year I only had two errors in the season and one was on the pitcher's mound.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what your game is like?

Jones: People say I look like Matt Kemp, haha. And I would say I have an Ichiro style of play, with a lot of speed and athleticism.

FutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Blue Jays or were you surprised when they selected you?

Jones: I knew the Jays were interested because I spoke with a few scouts often and they showed the most interest. I thought it would be between them and the Rays. I knew someone was going to pick me up but I wasn't sure where and when. The Rangers and the Royals also showed some interest in me.

FutureJays.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved around?

Jones: It all depends on my bat, but I know I can play anywhere; infield, outfield or pitch. I'd prefer to play outfield though, because I feel it's the best use of my speed and range.

FutureJays.com: What would you say has been your best moment in your baseball career and why?

Jones: My best moment in my career was in my senior year when we won our Montgomery, Alabama High School area and made it to the playoffs for the first time in ten years. We lost the next round, but it was still a great way to end senior year.

FutureJays.com: Who was your favorite team and player when you were growing up?

Jones: My favorite player was Andruw Jones and the Atlanta Braves.

FutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans right now that you have been drafted by the Jays? Is it your intention to sign and start your professional career immediately?

Jones: Right now I'm on my way to the airport to fly to Dunedin, Florida to go to the Blue Jays Camp and go ahead and sign to play in rookie ball with the BlueField Blue Jays in West Virginia and hopefully make it my career for years to come.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?
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\r\nDennis Jones: Oh man, it's an honor. The Jays seem like a great organization and I'm excited to start working with them. I got to meet Jose Bautista in Atlanta the past week and that was awesome. When I saw them play and met a few players, they really have a good work ethic and team atmosphere and all feel they have a good chance to win in the coming years.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nJones: I have good range and speed. I started in the leadoff spot and began to learn switch-hitting because we were short on left-handed bats in our lineup. That dropped my batting average a little bit, that led to me starting to pitch. Some scouts were interested in my pitching as well as. I would just say that I'm an all-around athlete.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Tell me about what you would say your strengths and your weaknesses are?
\r\n
\r\nJones: My strengths are being able to play multiple roles for my team and always be a consistent contributor every game. My weakness last year was my hitting because I was juggling trying to learn to hit lefty, as well as keep a good swing righty.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: How about your defensive game?
\r\n
\r\nJones: I feel I am a very solid defensive outfielder and I have a good arm. Last year I only had two errors in the season and one was on the pitcher's mound.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what your game is like?
\r\n
\r\nJones: People say I look like Matt Kemp, haha. And I would say I have an Ichiro style of play, with a lot of speed and athleticism.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Blue Jays or were you surprised when they selected you?
\r\n
\r\nJones: I knew the Jays were interested because I spoke with a few scouts often and they showed the most interest. I thought it would be between them and the Rays. I knew someone was going to pick me up but I wasn't sure where and when. The Rangers and the Royals also showed some interest in me.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved around?
\r\n
\r\nJones: It all depends on my bat, but I know I can play anywhere; infield, outfield or pitch. I'd prefer to play outfield though, because I feel it's the best use of my speed and range.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say has been your best moment in your baseball career and why?
\r\n
\r\nJones: My best moment in my career was in my senior year when we won our Montgomery, Alabama High School area and made it to the playoffs for the first time in ten years. We lost the next round, but it was still a great way to end senior year.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who was your favorite team and player when you were growing up?
\r\n
\r\nJones: My favorite player was Andruw Jones and the Atlanta Braves.
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\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans right now that you have been drafted by the Jays? Is it your intention to sign and start your professional career immediately?
\r\n
\r\nJones: Right now I'm on my way to the airport to fly to Dunedin, Florida to go to the Blue Jays Camp and go ahead and sign to play in rookie ball with the BlueField Blue Jays in West Virginia and hopefully make it my career for years to come.
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