O’s fans knew they were in for a treat in 2009 when Adam Jones went 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and a triple in Baltimore’s 10-5 win over the Yankees on Opening Day.
Jones continued his season with noticeable growth at the plate and a highlight reel of catches out in center field. He became the Orioles lone All Star and delivered the game winning sacrifice fly in the Midsummer Classic.
Jones’ average was over .300 through July 25th, but he finished the season at .277. He began to transition into a power hitter with 10 more homeruns in 2009 than he had in 2008 and 13 more RBI in 13 less games.
The All Star was also more outspoken in his second year wearing the orange and black. In a locker room begging for a leader, Jones may be the guy to step up in 2010 and beyond.
He’s become the face of the Orioles rebuild and the expectations are higher and higher every season. Many are wondering if Jones can become more of the power hitter that Baltimore needs or if he’ll be a 20 homerun guy for the rest of his career.
The hope is that this young outfield will grow together both on offense and defense. Jones’ fielding percentage was .986 and he had 5 errors in 2009.
If I had to make a ridiculously early guess, I would say that Jones repeats as the Orioles All Star and that he slightly increases his overall average in 2010 with maybe one or two homers. His personality will draw even more attention to him in 2010. I think we’ve seen his true potential, now it’s about becoming more consistent.