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Nolan Jones - 3B Indians

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Mods, I apologize in advance if there is already a thread for him, but I searched and searched but did not see one.

Nolan Jones is a 21 year old (turned 21 in May) 3Bman for the Indians that was just promoted to AA.  At 6'4 185lbs, Jones has a long and lean frame.  His left handed swing is fairly compact and there is little movement in his legs.  Jones has excellent plate discipline as evidenced by his walk rates across a number of levels that he's been at to date. There is some criticism though that he actually takes too many pitches, some that he could drive and do damage with his bat. Another critique is that he has really yet to develop in-game power.  His home run totals though, I do not believe are something that should be weighed too heavily, especially given his age.  He has to date been in pretty pitcher-friendly parks in the Midwest and Carolina League.  Now that he has been moved up to Akron, we will see if the power starts to play a bit more as I believe there are some decent hitter-friendly parks in the Eastern League.

His profile, arm and body-type suit him well for 3B.  If his bat plays, as expected, the Indians may shift J-Ram back to 2B.  Jones could also probably play 1B and looks athletic enough that if he is blocked he may be able to play a corner OF position.  All speculation at this point though, but something to consider from a fantasy perspective if you feel he is blocked and won't get any playing time.

Jones is already on some top 100 prospect lists, but is generally ranked in the 60-100 range.  I'm not sure Jones is going to be a fantasy stud, but he is definitely a guy that might move up lists pretty quickly if he takes off at AA and the window to buy may close quickly.  For those of you in OBP leagues, I think he is more valuable given the consistent walk rate he has shown so far. 

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Love the power potential and the fact that he takes a ton of walks. He might be too patient however which can zap his power and lead to a higher k rate. Definitely one of the top corner infield prospects in the game though.

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From J.J. Cooper at BA from looks at Nolan Jones at the Futures Game:

Nolan Jones: He’s a very good prospect, but at the same time, it was a really impressive BP. That definitely stood out.

This would seem to reinforce the above, he definitely has impressive power but still needs to harness it in-games. 

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Personally I think this kid is a monster in the making but until he figures out lefties he profiles as a possible platoon bat. Reminds me of a high OBP version of Lonnie Chisenhall at the moment but with upside for much more. Anybody complaining that a prospect is too selective is nuts - people say the same thing about Joey Votto and look where that’s gotten him.

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4 minutes ago, Bruz said:

Personally I think this kid is a monster in the making but until he figures out lefties he profiles as a possible platoon bat. Reminds me of a high OBP version of Lonnie Chisenhall at the moment but with upside for much more. Anybody complaining that a prospect is too selective is nuts - people say the same thing about Joey Votto and look where that’s gotten him.

For sure, I agree and think it's hard to knock a guy with such a high OBP/walk-rate, but I guess the theory is he could do much more damage by being a bit more aggressive and driving the ball.  Anyway, I'm hoping that he does become a fantasy monster. Also dig the LC reference, forgot about him. 

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3 hours ago, Bruz said:

Personally I think this kid is a monster in the making but until he figures out lefties he profiles as a possible platoon bat. Reminds me of a high OBP version of Lonnie Chisenhall at the moment but with upside for much more. Anybody complaining that a prospect is too selective is nuts - people say the same thing about Joey Votto and look where that’s gotten him.

Prime Votto also knew when to be aggressive and utilize his power. This guy needs to be a tad more aggressive in his ABs in order to tap into that raw power he has. At this point with the approach he has, he"s looking more like Matt Carpenter or Justin Smoak.

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15 hours ago, BigPapi44 said:

3-3 3B, 1st AA HR.  Off to a good start.

Here is a clip of the HR:

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/prospect-roundup-games-of-july-15/c-309115648

That is a nice compact swing with some slight loft/launch angle.   I like that there is little movement in the legs until he is ready to unload with the swing.

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