Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Jones reacts after being thrown out for strikes against Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly to end the sixth inning of a baseball game on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Post sportswriter Patrick Saunders with the latest installment of his Rockies Mailbag.

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Was 2023 Nolan Jones’ ceiling? Or did early season injuries cause him to fall too far back?

—Kyle, Thornton

Kyle, I don’t think Jones peaked last season when he hit .297/.389/.542 with 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in 106 games. He’s an athletically gifted player and his work ethic is off the charts. He has more to offer.

The left fielder has struggled, though (.187/.291/.594, 34.4% strikeout rate) and will need some time to get back on track. It might even make sense to send him down to Triple-A Albuquerque for a tune-up and a confidence boost. Ultimately, he needs to show he can hit consistently in the majors. The Rockies have a lot of talented outfielders in the pipeline, so he’ll have competition for a job.

While Jones’ injuries (back and knee) certainly didn’t help, they’re not the primary reason for his dip. People I’ve spoken to within the organization tell me that Jones struggles with mechanical issues and tends to push himself too hard.

He’s late on pitches, lets too many first-pitch strikes pass him up, and has too many holes in his swing. Plus, the league has a book on him now. His struggles are similar to Cleveland’s, so the Guardians were willing to trade him to Colorado.

That said, Jones has the right qualities to bounce back. We’ll have to see if he can do that. I’m rooting for him.

The constant promo video during Rockies games on tv drives me crazy Can’t they do something different between innings? It’s the same game after game.

—Anita, Denver