AZDR Prospect Snapshot: Desert Vista’s Jack Malone (2019 Uncommitted)
One of the pleasant surprises of the 2018 high school season was the performance of the Desert Vista program. The Thunder improved from a 14-15 record in 2017, to 20-10, and center fielder Jack Malone was a big reason for the improvement.
Jack is a left-handed hitting outfielder who serves as a true catalyst for the Thunder. He hit .337 in 2018, and also walked 15 times and was hit by pitches 9 times. His on base percentage was .481 and he posted an impressive OPS of 1.011.
Jack covers a lot of ground in center field. He get excellent reads on balls in the gap, and his speed allows him to close on balls effectively. In addition, he has an above average arm for the position.
Jack has been a key performer for the Canyon Thunder program over the summer and fall, and looks to add to his resume this up[coming season for the Thunder.
In addition to his on field talent, Jack possesses a ton of leadership intangibles for Coach Cody Brassfield, serving as team captain for the Thunder.
He also gives back to the community, serving as Junior Leader with East Valley Young Life and he is a Minitown Counselor.
In the classroom Jack continues to excel, carrying a 4.0 GPA. He is still deciding on a college for next year, and is one of the state’s top uncommitted players in the 2019 class.
Whatever program is fortunate enough to land Jack Malone will be getting an extremely well rounded student athlete that will be an incredible asset.
20 Questions with Jack Malone:
All time favorite Major Leaguer ? Ken Griffey Jr
Favorite current Major Leaguer? Kevin Pillar
Who has been the biggest influence on you athletically? My high school yoga instructor
One word to describe your style of play? Energy
What is the one thing most people don’t know about you? Cockroaches are my biggest fear
4 artists currently in my mp3 player? Jon Bellion, The Fray, Switchfoot, Justin Timberlake
Favorite Movie? The Dark Knight
On my secluded island, strand me with … Blake Lively
In 10 years I hope to be…. A dad
Refreshing beverage of choice? Pedialyte
Three people I’d like to have at my dinner table. Justin Bieber, Jimmy Fallon, Conor McGregor
What’s on the menu for your perfect dinner? Chicken bowl from Chipotle
When they make the movie based on your life, who gets the starring role? John Krasinski
Dogs or Cats? Dogs
In my spare time, when I’m not playing baseball, I like to…. Play golf, roller blade, swim, fantasy football. My hobbies change all the time
Best player I’ve played against? Nolan Gorman
Best teammate I’ve had? Carson Tucker
Beach or Mountains? Beach
Favorite TV shows? Gilmore Girls, The Office, This is Us
Most embarrassing moment on the baseball field. Striking out against my best friend who has never pitched before during an intrasquad scrimmage my freshman year. To this day he still brings it up all the time, I’m never going to hear the end of it.