Nolan Jones Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/7/1998 (23)
Nolan Jones Season Stats
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Nolan Jones News
Cleveland Indians third base prospect Nolan Jones was among several players optioned on Friday. Manager Terry Francona said the 22-year-old will continue to work at third base and in the outfield in spring training. MLB Pipeline has Jones ranked as Cleveland's top prospect, and he comes in at No. 36 overall in baseball heading into the 2021 season. Jones has the athleticism and strong arm to remain at third base, but the Indians have been trying him in the outfield because they currently have Jose Ramirez at the hot corner and are thin in the outfield. The left-handed hitter has patience at the plate and above-average power that plays to all fields. If he can solve left-handed pitchers at the next level, the Indians will have a special player on their hands.
Cleveland Indians third base prospect Nolan Jones had two walks and a single on Thursday against the San Diego Padres. The 22-year-old prospect is now 3-for-8 with a BB-K of 4-5 this spring. Jones spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site after splitting 2019 between high-A and double-A when he combined to walk 94 times in 126 games. He currently has impressive raw power but he has yet to fully tap into it because he hits too many ground balls. Jones is currently blocked at the hot corner by veteran Jose Ramirez. Jones is ranked by Rotoballer as the second-best dynasty third-base prospect in baseball and has even higher value in on-base leagues.
The Cleveland Indians have invited third baseman Nolan Jones (thumb) to major league spring training Monday, Mandy Bell of MLB.com reports. Jones underwent thumb surgery in late October, but he's reportedly ahead of schedule in his rehab process. The 21-year-old, who is the team's top prospect per MLB Pipeline, will look to develop further with the major league coaching staff this spring. He holds very minimal fantasy value in shallow mixed leagues, as he'll likely start in the minors, but he should be owned in dynasty/keeper leagues and isn't a bad stash at all in AL-only affairs. Jones could have some appeal in deep mixed leagues if he makes his major league debut at some point in 2020 and sees regular playing time.
Jones' minor league numbers don't jump off the stat page at first glance but there is a lot here to like. With a career walk rate well above 16% and plus raw power, he's an on-base league stud-in-the-making. But Jones' passivity also leads to higher-than-ideal strikeout rates an area that should improve as he gains experience because he works a lot of deep counts and is still learning to be aggressive when he gets the right pitch to attack. The young hitter also needs to continue to focus on increasing his launch angle to make the most of his raw power an area he made strides in during his brief stay in Double-A in 2019 after previously generating ground ball rates closer to 50%. With depth on the left side of the infield including a star player entrenched at third base Cleveland may have to get creative to find playing time for Jones. With not much depth at first base, it might be a reasonable home for the young infielder at least in the short term (although it would waste his strong arm). A corner outfield slot might also be an OK landing spot, although the acquisition of Eddie Rosario muddies the water a bit. With an ADP in the 600s, it further illustrates how Jones continues to be an underrated prospect from a fantasy perspective. His combination of power and on-base acumen could eventually give him Max Muncy type upside and he should be close to MLB ready despite the lack of a minor league season in 2020. Jones is someone to monitor in redraft leagues as a surefire waiver acquisition when he gets the call and a must-have prospect in redraft leagues.