Cardinals Prospect #17 - Daryl Jones

Jones split the 2006 season between Johnson City and Quad Cities.

Scout.com Player Profile

2006 Ranking: 15

Position: OF

DOB: 7/29/1984

Height: 6-0

Weight: 180

Bats: L

Throws: L

School: Spring High School (Spring, TX)

Became a Cardinal: Selected in the third round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player Draft. Received a $450,000 signing bonus.
 

2006

AVG.

AB

H

2B 3B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP.

SLG

OPS

J.C. .265 68 18 3 1 3 13 15 3 8 8 .367 .471 .838
Q.C. .235 81 19 5 1 1 7 15 2 6 23 .308 .358 .666
Totals .248 149 37 8 2 4 20 30 5 14 31 .335 .409 .745

Staff Comments

Jason Scott (13): Nothing really stands out from Jones' 2006 season, but he actually moved up one spot in my personal rankings this year. The best athlete in the system, Jones has reportedly been timed as fast as 3.9 seconds down the first-base line. He stole just five bases this past season, but that probably has a lot to do with a hamstring injury that delayed the start of his season. He will most likely return to Quad Cities to start the season after hitting just .235 for the club in 2006. Another season similar to 2006 would cause me to look past his talent and drop him significantly in next year's rankings.

Leonda Markee (18): Jones is my 9th-ranked position prospect, just ahead of Mark Hamilton, and my 18th-ranked prospect overall.  In 2005 I ranked him in 24th place overall.

Jones started 2006 back at rookie level Johnson City where he played all of the 2005 season.  His performance there was good enough to make him the Appalachian League's 6th-best prospect, per Baseball America.  One interesting note in his Johnson City performance, Jones had as many walks as he did strike outs, eight.  On July 26th Jones was promoted past short A State College and on to Quad Cities where he was the youngest player on the Swing roster.  (Jones turned 19 in late June and that age places him a full three years younger that the class A average age of 22.3.)  His youth and lack of experience were on display at Quad Cities where his numbers were not very impressive.  However, he did go .313/.371/.500/.871 in thirty-two at bats with no one out which is encouraging if you are looking for a lead-off hitter.  His corresponding BABIP in that situation is .476 which is not.  All in all, 2006 was a step in the right direction for Jones who is likely to begin 2007 back with Quad Cities.

Ray Mileur (16): Considered the best athlete in the system hands down, OF Daryl Jones was promoted this season from Rookie-level Johnson City to low Class A Quad Cities. Jones, the Cardinals third-round pick in the 2005 draft, jumps to the Swing straight from the Johnson City Cardinals (Appalachian League).

The speedy Texas native hit .209 with 10 stolen bases in 61 games for Johnson City during his pro debut, and after an injury delayed the start of his 2006 season he batted .254 with three home runs and 13 RBI in just 19 games for the same team. He jumped a level, bypassing the New York-Penn League with the promotion.

Still a very raw talent, Jones is showing steady improvement in all aspects of his game. He could potentially become the heir apparent to outfielder Jim Edmonds to play centerfield in St. Louis.

Brian Walton (22): Jones continues to remain in voters' graces due to his raw speed and sheer athleticism. The 2005 third-rounder received second-round money to pursue his baseball career over college football, but has yet to recoup the investment.

In fact, dodging injuries in 2006, he struck out a lot (23 in 81 at-bats at Quad Cities), posted a low average while there (.235) and did not always look solid defensively.

On the heels of his disappointing first season, having hit just .209 in 2005 at Johnson City, followed by this inconsistent second year, 2007 is the time for Jones to show whether or not he is going to be for real. A good, solid season in A-ball is in order. Otherwise, Jones will slide down my list further next year.

STAFF COMMENTS KEY: Staff Member (Individual Ranking), NR = Not Rated

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