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Nolan Jones
Trending: ↓ 19%
3B | B/T: L/R | 6' 2" 185LBS | Age: 22

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 2, #55, Cleveland Indians | Holy Ghost Prep (PA)
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 211 178 33 45 8 22 2 .253 .370 .466 .836
Career Minors 1453 1184 201 335 38 171 13 .283 .409 .448 .858
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .253 8 22 2 .836
Career Minors .283 38 171 13 .858

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 AZL Indians AZL ROK 32 134 109 10 28 5 2 0 9 23 49 3 1 1 .257 .388 .339 .728
2017 Mahoning Valley Scrappers NYP A(Short) 62 265 218 41 69 18 3 4 33 43 60 1 0 2 .317 .430 .482 .912
2018 2 Teams Minors 120 519 427 69 121 21 0 19 66 89 131 2 1 0 .283 .405 .466 .871
2018 Lake County Captains MID A(Full) 90 389 323 46 90 12 0 16 49 63 97 2 1 0 .279 .393 .464 .858
2018 Lynchburg Hillcats CAR A(Adv) 30 130 104 23 31 9 0 3 17 26 34 0 0 0 .298 .438 .471 .910
2019 2 Teams Minors 126 535 430 81 117 22 3 15 63 96 148 7 3 6 .272 .409 .442 .851
2019 Lynchburg Hillcats CAR A(Adv) 77 324 252 48 72 12 1 7 41 65 85 5 3 4 .286 .435 .425 .860
2019 Akron RubberDucks EAS AA 49 211 178 33 45 10 2 8 22 31 63 2 0 2 .253 .370 .466 .836

Scouting Report

2020

Jones initially stood out as a hockey center before concussion issues led him to focus on baseball, where he developed into one of the best high school hitters in the 2016 Draft. After lasting until the second round amid signability concerns but landing a first-round bonus ($2.25 million), he has produced everywhere he has gone in pro ball. He led the Minors with 96 walks in 2019, reaching Double-A at age 21 and getting selected to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Arizona Fall League's Fall Stars Game.

Jones utilizes a patient approach at the plate, waiting for pitches he can punish and using the entire field. His bat speed and strength could translate into 30 homers per season, especially since he started to add more loft to his left-handed stroke in 2019. The length in his swing and his willingness to work deep counts result in a strikeout rate that has risen as he has climbed through the Minors, but his ability to draw walks should lead to healthy on-base percentages if not high batting averages.

A better athlete than his below-average speed might indicate, Jones has worked hard to transition from high school shortstop to pro third baseman. He has the strong arm required at the hot corner and he has improved his footwork and agility. He's on his way to becoming an average defender at third base and has a fallback of playing the other infield or outfield corners.


2019

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

Jones took to hockey before baseball and showed promise as a center before concussion issues caused him to focus on the diamond. One of the better high school hitters in the 2016 Draft, he dropped to the second round amid signability concerns but landed first-round bonus money ($2.25 million). After a so-so pro debut, he led the short-season New York-Penn League with a .912 OPS in 2017, ranked third in the Class A Midwest League with an .858 mark last year and posted a .910 OPS during the final month in Class A Advanced.

Jones has an advanced approach at the plate, patiently working counts and using the entire field. He has a smooth left-handed swing and impressive feel to hit, and he shows the ability to produce high batting averages despite working deep counts that lead to some strikeouts. His bat speed and strength give him promising power potential that could produce 25 or more homers per season, especially if he adds some loft to a stroke that's currently more geared for line drives.

Though he's a below-average runner, Jones is a decent athlete and has worked hard to make the transition from amateur shortstop to pro third baseman. He has a strong arm and has improved his footwork, but still needs to increase his range in order to become an average defender at the hot corner. If he can't, his alternatives would be first base or an outfield corner.


2018

Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 55

One of the premier prep hitters in the 2016 Draft, Jones likely would have been a first-round pick if not for signability concerns that ultimately led to his selection by the Indians in the second round. After signing for nearly twice slot value, Jones made his pro debut in the Rookie-level Arizona League before advancing to the Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League in 2017, leading the circuit in on-base percentage (.430) and OPS (.912) while also pacing all Indians farmhands with a .317 average.

A left-handed hitter, Jones combines bat speed with a fluid stroke and natural feel for the barrel to generate hard contact across the field. He knows how to get on base, too, showing advanced plate discipline and an age-defying approach that helped him lead the NY-PL in both walks (43) and OBP as a teenager. And while Jones' impressive raw power has yet to translate during games, scouts do expect him to develop above-average power as he adds strength to his athletic and highly projectable frame and trims some of the swing-and-miss from his game.

The Indians moved Jones off shortstop, his position as a prep, to third base upon his entering the pro ranks. His size and physicality are clean fits at the hot corner, as are his plus arm strength and average speed, though some evaluators believe his inconsistent glove work will eventually land him in right field. Regardless of his future defensive home, Jones has the bat and offensive ceiling needed to become an impactful everyday player at the highest level.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
02/25/2020 Cleveland Indians invited non-roster 3B Nolan Jones to spring training.
08/28/2019 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Mesa Solar Sox.
07/08/2019 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lynchburg Hillcats.
07/05/2019 Lynchburg Hillcats placed 3B Nolan Jones on the temporarily inactive list.
08/02/2018 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains.
07/23/2018 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats.
04/14/2018 Lake County Captains activated 3B Nolan Jones from the 7-day disabled list.
04/07/2018 Lake County Captains placed 3B Nolan Jones on the 7-day disabled list.
04/03/2018 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
02/28/2018 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Cleveland Indians.
06/16/2017 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
03/06/2017 3B Nolan Jones assigned to Cleveland Indians.
07/03/2016 3B Nolan Jones assigned to AZL Indians.
07/01/2016 Cleveland Indians signed 3B Nolan Jones.