2006 Ranking: 15
School: Spring High School (Spring, TX)
Cardinal: Selected in the third round of the June, 2005 First-Year Player
Draft. Received a $450,000 signing bonus. 2006 AVG. AB H HR RBI R SB BB K OBP. SLG OPS
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).