Blue Jays Jose Bautista picks American League Home Run Derby team

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Jul 3, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles center fielder

Adam Jones

(10) singles during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Jones – Baltimore Orioles
Home Runs – 16
ISO – .189

Many expected that Jones’ teammate Chris Davis would again get the nod in this year’s competition. However with Davis slumping, Jones has taken full advantage, using a 9 home run burst in June to jump into the drivers seat in Baltimore.

The 28-year-old center fielder has been a steady source of power for the Orioles over the past three seasons, averaging 30 bombs a season over that span.

It is actually quite easy to see why Jones was chosen by Bautista. Outside of teammate Chris Davis, it is hard to find a bigger Blue Jays killer than Jones, who has accumulated 24 home runs and 62 RBI in 117 games against Toronto over the course of his career. Additionally, he has 3 career home runs in 17 games at Target Field.

However, it is curious why Jones was chosen over another of his teammates, but we’ll get to that in a bit.