Cardinals prospect interview: Cory Jones

The Cardinal Nation's Peoria Chiefs Starting Pitcher of the Year spoke from instructional league camp in Jupiter, Florida.

Even though injury limited him to 11 starts, right-hander Cory Jones led the Class-A Peoria Chiefs with eight wins. His 2.04 ERA was also tops among the Midwest League club's starters.

Further, had Jones been able to sustain that level of success, he would have won the MWL ERA title by almost three-quarters of a run per nine innings.

The right-hander, who had joined the Cards in the fifth round of the 2012 draft by way of Pepperdine and College of the Canyons, made just five starts at Johnson City after signing. However, that was more of a workload concern than injury.

His hip flexor injury now healed, Jones was working in the Cardinals fall instructional league to hone his game in preparation for even bigger things in 2014.

With a fastball that is in the 88-93 range that can touch higher and a power breaking ball among his four offerings, Jones seems to have considerable career upside. He turned 22 years of age last month.

In the following exclusive interview, Jones, our Peoria Chiefs Starting Pitcher of the Year for 2013 discusses his success, his injuries, his past as well as his aspirations for the future.


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