If you’re a fantasy baseball player who loves a player with an upward trend, Adam Jones is the guy for you. Hitting in the confines of Camden Yards for the Baltimore Orioles, Jones came into the league with the potential to be an excellent power hitter with above-average speed. After five full seasons in the big leagues, he’s become something more than that.
Jones has been improving on just about every major stat category since his major league debut in 2006 when he was just 20-years old. Now at 26, the Orioles outfielder has done nothing but improve his average, RBI total, home run mark and stolen bases in each of his seasons in the majors, and all of that culminated in a breakout 2012 for Jones.
After hitting .280 in 2011 with a career best 25 home runs and 83 RBIs, Jones came into 2012 as a player to watch. He left a player to be reckoned with.
Jones played in all 162 games of 2012, a stat that alone separates him from many other star players like himself, but more important than that is what he did in those 162 games. Jones set career highs with a .287 average, 186 hits, 32 home runs, 16 stolen bases and 103 runs scored with a solid 82 RBIs to boot in 2012, finally stamping his name on the top half of fantasy draft boards.
Starting in 2013, he’s going to stay there.
Jones has never been known for his plate discipline, and that largely held him back in the early years of his career, but the 26-year-old has hit .280+ in each of the last three seasons.
A .300 average might be a stretch, but 30 home runs is reasonable for Jones in 2013 and 80 RBI is well within reach. He could post a 20/20 season this year, but he’ll have to work on his base running as he was caught on nearly a third of his attempts in 2012.
100 runs scored will benefit your fantasy team, and not having to worry about injury or missing games is always a plus.
Overall, Jones is going smack dab in the middle of the fourth round in most draft results, making him a good value pick there. Scouts have raved about his talent since he joined the league, and now it’s finally beginning to show. He could have a great 2013 in store for us.