Jahmai Jones brings depth to Yankees infield, Jordan Groshans seeks new opportunity

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Jahmai Jones, amidst his nationwide journey, found himself potentially bound for the Big Apple as the New York Yankees claimed the versatile infielder/outfielder off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. The move, announced Wednesday, saw Jordan Groshans designated for assignment to accommodate Jones on the 40-man roster, marking Groshans’ brief 15-day stint with the organization.

Jahmai Jones: A tale of promise and adaptation

Jahmai Jones, initially drafted by the Angels in the second round of the 2015 draft straight out of high school, quickly ascended as one of their premier prospects. His trajectory peaked in 2018 when Baseball America hailed him as the 89th top prospect in the game. However, despite promising performances at higher minor league levels, his stock waned in subsequent years due to stagnation in his batting development.

With a career spanning eight minor league seasons and 3,025 plate appearances, Jahmai Jones holds a batting line of .257/.349/.401 with 61 home runs and 121 RBI. His 2023 stint with two Triple-A teams showcased a .268 batting average, 12 home runs, and an .879 OPS across 263 plate appearances. While his major league exposure includes seven games last season, yielding two hits in 11 plate appearances, Jones’ true extended tenure occurred in 2021 with the Baltimore Orioles, where he amassed 15 hits in 90 plate appearances, albeit accompanied by a 36.7% strikeout rate.

Nonetheless, at 26 years old, Jones retains prospects for securing a utility role in the majors, boasting versatility across second base and outfield positions. Although slated to commence his Yankees tenure in Triple-A with Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania), Jones, despite lacking options, remains undeterred in his pursuit of a stable major league presence, having traversed locales spanning Burlington, Iowa, to Nashville, Tennessee, in addition to his major league engagements.

Jones’ familial ties extend to the gridiron, with his late father, Andre, donning the linebacker mantle for Notre Dame’s 1988 championship squad before venturing into the NFL with the Detroit Lions. Both of Jones’ brothers, T.J. and Malachi, pursued football careers as wide receivers, with T.J. logging five seasons in the NFL with the Lions and New York Giants, while Malachi ventured through the CFL, AAF, and AFL after signing as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, albeit waived before the season.

As for Groshans, who previously clinched spots within Baseball America’s top 100 prospects for three consecutive years, his allure has waned owing to a perceived deficiency in power production.

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