Pirate Garrett Jones NL Player of the Month?


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That’s right the Pittsburgh Pirates have the player of the month.  Garrett Jones has been a freak, a terror to oppossing pitchers, and everyone saw it coming right?

Well, no.  The Rumbunter team was impressed by him in spring training.  Some of you called it a man crush after watching a few spring training games.  Garrett Jones has proven everyone wrong.

He was drafted by the Braves system in 1999.  The Braves never miss right?  Wrong.  Well, wrong at the time.  Jones flunked out of rookie ball and the Twins grabbed him in 2002.  He had made it to AA two years later despite not having impressive numbers.

Maybe the Twins saw what we did?  Jones  just looks impressive.

The move looked pure genius.  Jones hit 30 dingers with the Twins AA affliate in New Britian.  For the past three years, he never made it higher than AAA and never had an OPS higher than .812.

On the Sunday gameday coverage today, Jones said, ”the Pirates really made a move for me and made me feel wanted.”

Nice work Pirates evaluators.  Nice work.

Everyone knows what Jones has done.  His torrid pace has left each of us thrilled with his performance.  His ten homers are much needed on a team that a few weeks ago was dying for power.  (Make no mistake the Pirates desperately need more) Sure, nine of his blasts are solo shots, but is that really the fault of Jones?

He has hit homers when we need them.  At a time when we need them.

He has a career best BB to K ratio going, albeit a tiny sample.  But who even expected this much?  His OBP stands at .396 and he is slugging (are you sitting down?) a gaudy .798.

Jones also isn’t afraid to swipe a base as was evident with his fourth SB in four tries yesterday.  What doesn’t the kid do?  He runs extremely well for his size.  I know he has swiped a few fans hearts this past month and in a season destined to go down in history, Jones has taken every opportunity to give us more to look forward to in the future.

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  • Doug W

    Hmmmmm….you may be right….IMHO the player of the month for July is a race between Jones and the man who he replaced….that’s right…Nyjer Morgan! Look at the numbers last 30 days (not exactly the month of July but close enough for argument’s sake…)
    HR AB H R 2B 3B RBI BB SB BA
    Jones: 10 96 31 16 7 1 16 8 5 .323
    Morgan: 1 95 37 17 4 1 7 4 13 .390

    As a leadoff hitter, you wouldn’t expect Morgan to produce power numbers, and the 13 SBs is a very nice extra. Jones’ 10 home runs is great, but the 16 RBI is just good, not all-world. The .390 for Morgan is off the charts, if he just had a few more walks, I’d give him the award (and the phone number for Ichiro’s agent!) hands down. As it is, it’s a neck and neck race….

    • smitty

      Doug-YOU ARE THE RUMBUNTER POST OF THE MONTH WINNER. I WILL SEND YOU AN EMAIL WITH DETAILS…Great post my man. Morgan has been electric for the Nats. We were able to see him against the Cubs….it looks like his defense is paying dividends for the Nats OTHER outfielders as well as helping their overall UZR..

  • Kevin David

    I agree that Garrett Jones has been tremendous for you all as of late but Nyjer Morgan might be the hottest player in all of baseball as of now. Can’t wait to see how things shake out in his return to Pittsburgh this weekend

    • smitty

      Tony Plush is tremendous. It will be great to see him back at PNC Park, unfortunately in the enemy colors, but I am really looking forward to seeing his tremendous competitiveness come out again. I am afraid for you Nats fans this series will be all about Lastings Milledge and Garrett Jones however…

  • Kevin David

    As a fan who grew up cheering for the Mets and has recently grown attached to the Nationals, I’ll be the first to tell you not to put too much faith in Lastings Milledge. The guy is a Minor League all-star who seems overwhelmed in the Majors.