Entering 2012 the jury still seemed to be out on Adam Jones. He had showed very good power throughout his major league career but had poor plate discipline. His defense seemed enigmatic with different advanced metrics placing him anywhere from awesome to awful in center field. However, he was only 26 and it seemed possible that the potential tools scouts saw in him might come together into a top tier MLB player.
This year Jones has realized that potential. He has been the most valuable Oriole offensively in terms of advanced metrics (wRC, wRAA, wOBA) and traditional ones (most Hits, RBIs, HRs). This performance begs the question: What has changed with Jones in 2012? Why is he hitting the ball so much harder than he ever has in his career? Is he just entering his prime as an MLB player in terms of strength or has he significantly changed his approach at the plate? Analysis after the jump.