In 38 games, the 20-year-old Machado is batting .331 with five homers, 24 RBIs and an .891 OPS.
“This kid is special, to be honest with you,” Jones said. “He fouled that ball off his ankle the other day in Minnesota. He crushed himself. But the kid is tough. He shows up every day ready to play and he’s only 20. That is the remarkable part about it.
“He just knows what he is doing. I followed him in the minors and everyone said he could play defense but he can hit, too. He impacts our lineup and at 20, there are only three guys that young that are impacting lineups like that - (Mike) Trout, (Bryce) Harper and Manny.”
In the Minnesota series, Machado went 9-for-16 with two doubles and two RBIs.
He has recorded three consecutive three-hit games. Only three Orioles have ever had four consecutive games with three or more hits: Don Buford (June 24-27, 1970), Eddie Murray (May 14-17, 1981) and Cal Ripken Jr. (June 21-24, 1990).
“He’s a helluva player right now and it’s scary to see what he is going to be as he learns the game more and gets bigger and stronger,” Jones said. “It’s fun to see him get better each and every day. He puts in the time,” he said during the live chat with fans.
“He doesn’t have to be the man here. There is (Nick) Markakis, myself, CD (Chris Davis), (Matt) Wieters, (J.J.) Hardy. We have guys in the middle of the lineup where he doesn’t have to be the man here. We’re the cleanup crew. He just fits well in this lineup.”
Here is where Machado ranks right now among American League leaders:
* Second in hits
* Tied for third in doubles and runs
* Tied for fourth in total bases
* Tied for seventh in batting average
Over his last 19 games, Machado is batting .405 with nine doubles, a triple, three homers and 13 RBIs. He has 12 multi-hit games in that span. Machado has 17 RBIs over his last 22 games.