A closer look at Chris Taylor and Adam Jones

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Chris Taylor

Infielder, Class AAA Tacoma

Selected in the fifth round of the 2012 amateur draft out of the University of Virginia. Signed by scout Mike Moriarty

After a wayward pitch in spring training left him with a broken bone in his wrist and out of the opening-day shortstop competition, Taylor is back and healthy with the Rainiers and putting up solid numbers after a slow start to the season. Coming into Saturday, he’d hit safely in 11 of his 13 games played, pushing his batting average up to .314. During that span he has two doubles, two homers and six RBI. He’s also walked five times, stolen five bases and has an .830 on-base plus slugging percentage.

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Adam Jones

Outfielder, Baltimore Orioles

When he’s not yelling at Jose Bautista and feuding with the Blue Jays, Jones is putting up gaudy numbers. The all-star center fielder came into Saturday hitting .413 (26 for 63) in 17 games with five doubles, five homers and 16 RBI. The batting average and total hits are tops in the American League. He also leads the AL in on-base plus slugging percentage at 1.187. Can’t imagine why any team would trade a guy like that.