The Baltimore Orioles have reached the halfway point of the year, and their season is all but over. But soaring above the ashes is a new bird named Jahmai Jones from Triple-A Norfolk, who is just waiting for the opportunity to spread his wings.
Before the groundswell of emotions started bubbling over, Jones, the primary second baseman for the Norfolk Tides, was sidelined from mid-May to early June with an oblique strain, but even that couldn’t stop his talent from shining.
Norfolk transactions 5/14:
INF Wilbis Santiago activated – Transferred from Florida Complex to Norfolk
INF Jahmai Jones placed on Injured List
— Norfolk Tides (@NorfolkTides) May 14, 2021
Through 109 plate appearances, Jones has 33 hits, 20 RBI, 17 runs, six stolen bases, and four homers which accumulates to a batting average of .303, .430 on-base percentage, and an on-base plus slug percentage of .934.
If those numbers aren’t MLB ready, I don’t know what is.
Jahmai Jones is now 3-3 with 3 singles 1 RBI 1 BB and 1 stolen base, call him up pic.twitter.com/nHk4PkHg8N
— Some Guy Named Bryce (@imfrommaryland) July 4, 2021
Fans are screaming from the rooftop for the 16th ranked prospect, per MLBPipeline.com, to return to the show since his initial appearance took place with the Los Angeles Angels back in 2020 during the pandemic shortened season.
Jahmai Jones drove home fellow rookie Jo Adell for his first MLB hit! pic.twitter.com/ca3n5xJ34g
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 27, 2020
Jones was the 70th pick in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Angels, where he spent the first three years of his professional career as an outfielder in their farm system. He gradually rose to prominence as a trip to full-season ball came quickly in 2016, leading to an expeditious jump to High-A ball in 2017.
What are the #Orioles getting in 23-year-old 2B/OF Jahmai Jones?
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) February 4, 2021
He later cemented himself at second during the 2018 and the 2019 seasons in the Arizona farm league before his initial call to the 40-man roster in 2020.
Jones has been upping his attributes through the minor league system for Baltimore. The 23-year-old has shown poise at the plate and in the dirt at second base. A position that desperately needs an upgrade on the O’s roster, as it’s been a turnstile with multiple players coming and going during the 2021 season.
Jones has shown his versatility while rocking the orange and black and was able to play 17 games at second base and a combined six games at the outfield corners before his untimely demotion.
Besides fellow MLB bro and newly lamented All-Star Cedric Mullins, what do the Orioles have to offer their fanbase? Fans need a reason to tune in either in person or on TV and adding a player with the caliber of weaponry that Jones is displaying will indicate that hope and interest is on the way.
The right-handers’ top-notch bat speed and blunt force power leave bruises on the cowhide consistently. Have the courage of your convictions and make the call. The only thing left to lose is more games.