For most of 2014 the West Virginia Power could classify this season as a train wreck. The South Atlantic League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates got off to a poor start, saw their most talented prospects go down with injuries, and limped into the Sally League all-star break at mid-June with a record of just 20-48. But fortunes have begun to change in the second half, and SS JaCoby Jones is a big reason why. Since the start of July, Jones has been raking at a blistering pace. His triple slash line for the month is .424/.466/.818. In 16 games this month Jones has hammered 8 HRs with 16 RBIs. He leads the club with 16 HRs this season. The next closest is Edwin Espinal with 4 HRs. The Power as a team have hit just 40 HRs. JaCoby Jones’s power surge has helped West Virginia enjoy a little more success on the field in the second half of the season. Their record since the All-Star break is 14-14.
I got to see JaCoby Jones play against Lakewood a few weeks ago. He flashed many of the tools that scouts have raved about. He has a strong powerful swing. He still needs to cut down on the misses, but when he makes contact the ball jumps off of his bat. Here is some video I took of an AB in which Jones lined out to deep center field on 6/20/14.