Nolan Jones Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 2" / 185 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 5/7/1998 (24)
Nolan Jones Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Nolan Jones News
Cleveland Guardians third baseman Nolan Jones (ankle, back) and shortstop Tyler Freeman (shoulder) have yet to be cleared to play in spring games. Jones had ankle surgery in the offseason and is now dealing with back pain, although he's starting to run, hit and throw in camp. Freeman, meanwhile, had soreness in his left shoulder prior to camp after undergoing surgery last year. He is expected to resume hitting this week. Jones, 23, hit .238/.356/.431 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI and 10 steals in 99 games for Triple-A Columbus last year, but he's expected to start back in the minors in 2022. Freeman is one of the team's top prospects, but he won't be ready for Opening Day and will also begin in the minors after tearing the labrum in his shoulder last year.
Cleveland Indians third baseman Nolan Jones, the No. 26 prospect in baseball, went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and four RBI for Triple-A Columbus on Sunday. Jones is hitting just .222 through 46 games on the year, but he's reached base in nine of his last 11 games and has a .368 on-base percentage in June. Cleveland's top prospect has a .355 overall on-base percentage with four home runs, 25 runs scored, 21 RBI and five stolen bases in 186 plate appearances in 2021. The left-handed hitter shows nice patience at the plate and has above-average power that plays to all fields. Jones' long left-handed stroke can lead to plenty of strikeouts (59), but he makes up for it with his power and on-base skills. The 23-year-old will need to improve against lefties to become an everyday player at the next level.
Cleveland Indians third base prospect Nolan Jones is finally starting to hit at the Triple-A level. He finished Sunday's game 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. The top prospect entered the year with the potential to arrive in the majors by mid-season but he hit just .189 with one home run and 39 strikeouts in May. Over the last six games, he's 8-for-19 (.421) with six doubles, a home run, and a BB-K ratio of 6-5. Jones is traditionally an on-base machine and has never produced a walk rate below 16% in any minor league season. The 23-year-old also has massive raw power but hits too many balls on the ground to fully unleash that home-run potential without some swing adjustments. He finished the 2019 season with 15 homers in 126 games.
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.