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
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.
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.
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?
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.
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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Nick Heath wants to make his mark in MLB.
So far during the 2021 season he’s bounced around from the minors to the majors. But on June 23, the Diamondbacks recalled Heath from the Triple-A Reno Aces, and he now has another opportunity to stay on the team throughout the remainder of the season.
Heath started the season on the big league roster and made his debut with the team on April 18.
Heath went 3-for-4 at the plate, impressing many people with his performance, and giving Diamondbacks’ fans a lot to smile about.
Now that’s the performance you want to have in your first game with a new team. After that impressive performance, Heath struggled at the plate. He went hitless over his next six games and finished April with a .190 batting average.
Heath was sent back to the minors in May, but he wasn’t there for long. When the Diamondbacks recalled Heath in June, they designated pitcher Stefan Crichton for assignment.
Through 18 games this season, Heath is batting .156 with five hits and an RBI. Before he was recalled back to the team, his last appearance for the Diamondbacks was on May 16 against the Washington Nationals. He went 0-for-1 with a strikeout.
Diamondbacks’ manager Torey Lovullo knows that Heath is a talented young player and has the potential to make an impact on the team.
“Nick’s gonna obviously get some opportunities, get a couple at-bats,” Lovullo told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.” “He’s a good player, he’s a good baseball player and he’s helped us win some baseball games earlier this year.”
“Anytime you get a young player up here to help you win some baseball games you’ve got to be excited about that. I’m not sure what type of rotation will be there yet.”
Heath has had his share of success during his time in the minors and that’s a big reason why he’s back on the roster for the Diamondbacks.
He’s posted a .297 batting average with two home runs and 11 RBI in the minors this year.
This brother can play at the highest level and he has the potential to have success. All he needs to do is make the most of his opportunities and now he’s getting another chance to do that.
Tony Kemp put on a Broadway show this weekend in New York.
He doubled his home run total for the year and hit a go-ahead, game-winning, three-run home run Friday night as he continues to play some of the best baseball of his career.
Kemp, the Oakland A’s second baseman, came into June with just one home run. But within the last 20 days, he has hit three. His most recent two happened under the bright lights of New York, and there’s no better feeling than putting on a show there.
It was a 2-2 count in the 6th inning as the Athletics trailed, 3-2. With runners on the corners, Kemp was in the box facing a left-handed pitcher who before this season he had homered off of only once in his career, the last time being in 2019. Well, the next pitch made it the second time he had done it this season alone.
As the ball flew over the right field fence Kemp took a little extra time to admire his work.
That feeling of hitting a home run in front of the Yankees faithful felt so good Kemp had to go for seconds, and he did not even wait a full 24 hours. He was the second hitter of the game for the A’s and he launched a home run just feet from where his Friday night bomb landed.
That’s what makes baseball special. Kemp is listed at 5-foot-6, 160 pounds while the Yankees Black Knight Twin Towers Judge and Giancarlo Stanton stand 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-6, respectively. In all, this weekend, Kemp had two home runs and accounted for two runs and four RBI, while Judge and Stanton combined for no home runs and only two RBI. Judge would even be robbed of a base hit by Kemp on a line out during Saturday’s game.
Kemp has been a solid piece of the Oakland roster this season. There was no guarantee that he would have a starting spot, but he has been making it extremely tough for manager Bob Melvin to not insert his name in the lineup at second base. He is hitting .306 this month with three home runs, four doubles, 15 runs, 12 RBI and 10 walks.
Kemp has one of the best personalities in all of baseball. Just watch how much fun he has during his postgame interviews.
On the season, Kemp is hitting .276 with 25 runs scored, 17 RBI and four home runs. He’ll look to stay locked in when the A’s travel to Arlington, Texas, for a three-game series against the Rangers to start the week.