It did not take long for Sir Jamison Jones to make a big impression on the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series.
Jones, who had been seen previously as one of the standouts of this year’s Chicago Regional Combine, came to Shelby Park in Nashville directly after an appearance with USA Baseball’s Player Development Program and stood out right away to both the development and scouting staffs.
Among many other glowing evaluations after the big catcher’s standout showing with the red team at the National Combine, it was hard to disagree with an all-encompassing “nothing not to like in this profile” in his scouting report, which, along with well-deserved high marks for his character, made him a no-brainer invite to this year’s Main Event at Fenway Park.
“My experience with the FSS has been amazing so far,” Jones said. “I’ve gotten nothing but really good feelings from the whole crew and I have felt very welcomed and wanted during my time participating.”
Since the National Combine in July, the six-foot-three, 225-pound Illinois native says he’s been working on his hitting approach in the time that he’s been home, and has also been in the weight room to increase stamina and endurance to be able to deliver his best possible performance on the big stage.
“It’s not every day that you get to play in a big league stadium as an amateur baseball player,” he said. “Playing at Fenway has been kind of a dream of mine. So many of the greats have played in Fenway and for me it would be an honor.”
A multi-tool talent, Jones is lauded for what the scouting staff described as “now strength,” which also comes with impressive power at the dish that will make his bat a must in any lineup, plus a strong arm that many think can help keep him behind the plate for the long haul. That, more than anything, is something Jones, who also impressed the staff with his leadership abilities and how vocal he was with his pitchers in Nashville, wants to show as the industry is set to descend upon Boston from September 29-October 1.
“I just want to continue to show all of the scouts and executives that I will catch as long as I possibly can,” he said.
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