Primarily a pitcher in his first two seasons at Gonzaga, Jones didn't become a full-time starter at first base until he was a senior in 2016, when he set a school record and placed second in NCAA Division I with 27 doubles. Signed for $2,500 in the 19th round that June, he didn't start to realize his power potential until he slammed 18 homers in Double-A in 2018. He encored with 22 more last year while enhancing his versatility in Triple-A.
Though Jones has plenty of strength and leverage in his 6-foot-7 frame, he only began tapping into his power once he did a better job of staying back on pitches and stopped diving so much at the plate. He's driving the ball in the air more often and to all fields. While his size results in a naturally long right-handed swing, he does a good job of making contact and draws walks with a patient approach.
Part of a Washington state 4-A basketball championship team at Kentwood High -- where his baseball teammates included future big leaguers Reese McGuire and Austin Voth -- Jones is athletic for his size. He's a below-average runner but not a baseclogger, and he's a quality defender with a strong arm at first base. He also can provide adequate defense on the outfield corners and looked fine in his initial exposure to third base in 2019.