3. Nolan Jones, 3B
Nolan Jones parlayed some stellar play at the hot corner with the Lake County Captains into a promotion to Advanced A ball with the Lynchburg Hillcats.
At Lake County, Jones’ power really started to take off as he left the Captains with 16 home runs.
Jones got off to a slow start at the high-A level, going 8 of 35 with no homers. But since then, he’s really picked it up. He’ snot batting .317 (1.013 OPS) with three homers in 60 plate appearances.
The promotion should be viewed as a job well done and Jones, the Indians second-round pick (55th overall) from 2016, will likely open the season with Lynchburg in 2019.
At 20, Jones is 2.4 years younger than the average age of a player in the Carolina League.
Scouts have always been warm to Jones’ game. After playing short-season rookie ball in 2017 with Mahoning Valley, Jones was fifth in the Indians’ prospects rankings, according to MLB Pipeline.
Currently, Jones is the Tribe’s No. 2 ranked prospect following the trade of top prospect Francisco Mejia and an influx of new talent through the MLB Draft.