Pittsburgh Pirates: Jared Jones Dazzles in Pro Debut, Roansy Contreras Struggles
|Photo Credit: Southern California News Group|
The Pittsburgh Pirates went pitcher heavy in the 2020 draft, with five of six picks going to the position. Another common theme was that they went college heavy, with second round pick Jared Jones being the lone prep player selected by the Pirates.
Jones, still just 19-years old, made his professional debut on Tuesday night and was able to shine on a day where most eyes were looking at a different pitcher in the system.
Throwing three innings, Jones struck out six batters while walking just one and allowing two hits, helping the Bradenton Marauders to victory.
The La Miranda High School star started things with a blaze throw a first pitch fastball for a strike that was clocked at 99 MPH. He threw two more fastballs that clocked in at 98 and 99 MPH, respectively, before breaking in a slider for a called strike three.
He was just getting started.
Jones generated ten swing and misses, six by ways of a fastball, the rest by way of a breaking ball. Three of his six strikeouts were from swinging strikes, the other three looking. Two of those strikeouts he got looking were from his secondary offerings.
Showing a willingness to throw his breaking pitches in any situation, he was able to keep batters off balance. Jones threw eight that were called for strikes and showed a willingness to throw them early in the count as his outing.
A couple of at bats really stuck out for me, especially when you factor in his age and his experience.