The Baltimore Orioles finally called up their second baseman Jahmai Jones from Triple-A Norfolk a few days ago.
Jones is the organization’s 14th ranked prospect whose name continued to bubble under the surface.
Jahmai Jones makes his Orioles debut tonight against the Halos. pic.twitter.com/1YpzcbdLuT
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 24, 2021
Jones had four plate appearances with two strikeouts and a hit by pitch in his debut against his former team.
Two of those called strikeouts were lousy judgment calls made by the plate umpire.
But on the defensive side of the ball, this MLBbro showed why the call to the Bigs was imminent.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 25, 2021
Jones collected his first hit as a big leaguer in his second game with a single up the middle.
The next day he led off the third inning with a double, which sparked a score on an infield out by fellow bro CM Storm, also known as Cedric Mullins, which helped the Orioles snap their losing streak of 19 games against Jones’ former team the Los Angeles Angels.
Since joining The Show, the Uber talented second baseman/outfielder has a winning percentage of .667.
We end the night with an important message: pic.twitter.com/tywRCqFxed
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 26, 2021
Jones’ knack for the dynamic plays is why we wanted to see the 24-year-old get called up sooner rather than later, as he averaged .238/.329/.417 with 10 walks and 10 home runs during his lengthy stay with Triple-A affiliate Norfolk Tides.
As we wait for his hand and eye coordination to catch up to his infield play, the Orioles have identified the new bird as a fixable solution for the future.
The Orioles fielding up the middle has been among the worst in baseball, so Jones’ mere presence on the field is an upgrade.
After facing his former team in his debut, Jones said he doesn’t hold any grudges. In fact, he credits his time with the Angels for his current trajectory.
He told PressBoxOnline.com that past teammates like Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Justin Upton gave him the knowledge to become a big leaguer.
“Not many people can say that they played with future Hall of Famers,” said Jones. “For me, just to be around them and several other amazing players was something special. I was glad to be up there. The biggest thing is trying not to get too high or too low.”
Look for Jones to continue finding his footing tonight as his Orioles take on the highly touted Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre in Ontario. First pitch is set for 7:07 p.m.