NL Central: Jones makes his pitch for a rotation spot

Pittsburgh Pirates 

In this column one month ago, a brief line was included at the conclusion of the Pirates’ section that noted Paul Skenes (RHP, PIT) and Jared Jones (RHP, PIT) as long shots to make the rotation out of spring training. There was also a promise to update that outlook as needed, and we’ve hit that point with Jones. He wowed with his velocity to begin camp, but through three outings, he had just three strikeouts across 4.2 innings. Since, he’s put up a 7:1 K:BB across 6.2 innings, and his most impressive outing may have come March 16. In that appearance, he faced an Atlanta lineup at nearly full strength (missing Ronald Acuña Jr.), and allowed three baserunners across four innings while striking out four. There...

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