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Friday, February 22, 2013

Dreaming of Draft Stars- Connor Jones

This video starts off with a great demo of Connor's "crouched" delivery.
By Jared Webb @webberoo11

Connor Jones-6'3"/205 RHP
Committed to University of Virginia
Draft Day age 18.8

Connor Jones has the build that tends to turn the heads of scouts.  His FB regularly sits in the 90-93 range with consistent velocity. He also throws a two-seam version that offers good sink. His best off-speed offering is a solid change up that he uses with good command, late drop, and arm speed. 

Jones throws a hybrid curve that shows potential and can turn into more of a slider depending on where he slots his arm.  What put Connor in the mix for the first two rounds was a big jump in velocity and two lights out innings at the Under Armour All-America game. 

There is a little funk in Jones' mechanics.  He has a crouched delivery that has a slight leg wrap.  While his mechanics add deception, they could also work against his command.  I personally like Connor Jones due to his build and the consistent velocity on his FB.  He could easily be a steal from rounds two through five.  Depending on how he throws this season and his signability, he could find his way into the late first round.

c2013 Jared Webb.  Used with permission.

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