At the 2020 Draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected all college-level players except one, pitcher Jared Jones. Jones was a prep selection and considered to be one of the top prep pitching prospects for the 2020 Class. Since then he has developed into a Top 15 Prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates Organization, showing why he was selected in the 2nd round.
Born on August 2nd, 2002, in Whittier, California, Jones was selected by the Pirates in the second round of the 2020 MLB draft. Known for his power stuff on the mound, Jones boasts a fastball that can reach up to 98 mph, a devastating slider, and a developing changeup. Obviously, the development of the changeup is crucial to his future success at the Big League level.
He has also shown great control and command for his age, making him a promising talent for the Pirates. Prior to joining the Pirates, Jones played for La Mirada High School, where he was named the Gatorade California Player of the Year in 2020. At just 20 years old, Jones is already considered one of the top prospects in the Pirates organization and is currently playing at the Double-A level.
"The Kid is a Freak" Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Vince Velasquez on Prospect Jared Jones
The Pittsburgh Pirates have had some really good starting pitching lately at the Big League level. Hopefully, Jones will be in that conversation soon. Current veteran rotation arm Vince Velasquez had some really high praise for Jared Jones, whom he spent time with in Spring Training.
We have always known that Jones has good stuff. That was the report on him coming out and from more recent reports and a few clips that have been available over the past 2 years. So it is great to hear a veteran starter who has not even been around the Organization that long. In 3 starts with the Curve, Jared Jones has an ERA of 2.63 with 14 strikeouts in 13 innings of work.