The meteoric rise of Baltimore Orioles utility man Jahmai Jones stymied after being called up.
MLBbro Jahmai Jones achieved his dream of making it onto a Big League league roster last month.
Jahmai Jones makes his Orioles debut tonight against the Halos. pic.twitter.com/1YpzcbdLuT
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 24, 2021
The Orioles gave Jones the call during a lengthy losing streak as they searched for a spark to keep the fanbase engaged down the stretch of the season.
Upon his arrival, the swiss army knife pledged to keep his multi-faceted drive and intensity that elevated him above the pack at every stop through every stop in his young career.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 25, 2021
Jones’ performance at the MLB level has been been up and down since his initial call-up from Triple-A Norfolk on August 27,
Although his defensive prowess looks exceptional, his plate execution is another story.
Through 17 games in the pros, Jones is hitting .164 with 20 strikeouts on nine hits, resulting in only four runs, three RBI, and three doubles in his young career, which is why this slump is so alarming.
He told The Baltimore Sun that he isn’t overwhelmed by a difficult start with the Orioles, and he is not panicking because 17 games is not a career make.
He said, “I am getting more comfortable with every game I play, and I am doing things well. I am just going to continue to do that and not think as much about the negative things.”
This season alone, he averaged .246 with 37 RBI, 11 home runs, and 10 walks for the Norfolk Tides.
These numbers led to his promotion to the main roster.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde isn’t fazed by what he’s seen thus far as it is still early for the multi-talented 24-year-old.
Hyde said, “I think he’s had some good at-bats; You see some tools there, and now it is just getting acclimated to major league pitching as it is not easy up here when you haven’t had a ton of at-bats. It’s all there; it is just an adjustment period.”
With a little over 20 games remaining down the stretch, you can tell that both he and the organization are in lockstep.
Jones will continue to face more big-league pitching, which will help him as he continues to soak up game.
He’s confident that his struggles will become less frequent as he continues his career.
No one will remember the early missteps once he finds his groove. Baseball is the kind of sport that has no loyalty anyway. Slumps are to be expected.
The fans already know what he can do as they’ve seen the groundswell of emotion that led to the initial call-up.
Once Jones locks in, this minor slump will be forgotten as no one will care about past hitting woes if you’re raking in September.
Last impressions mean everything.
“Regardless of what happens, I just want to play my best and do so as well as I can for just my own personal satisfaction. I don’t necessarily have a set goal or number in mind on anything. Just putting together good at-bats and defense together and trying to set up my career.”